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Fire destroys Naples science complex

Italy’s largest science centre, which has been described as one of Naples’ cultural treasures, has been destroyed in a fire that burned for hours on Monday night (4 March), Italian news outlets have reported.

The blaze reportedly started around 9:30pm on Monday evening and quickly spread, burning for most of the night until firefighters could stop it. Corriere della Sera, an Italian daily, reported that an area of at least 10,000 square metres has been destroyed, which includes almost the entire site. The building had been closed on Monday and there were no casualties reported.

The complex, Naples’ City of Science, attracted 350,000 visitors per year and employed 160 staff. It included an interactive science museum, a planetarium, conference facilities, an education centre and an art exhibition space.

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