Rescuers deal with fire in Italian bridge rubble before day of mourning
Hossen Sohel: Rescue workers searched through tons of concrete and steel from the collapsed Genoa highway bridge for a fourth day yesterday as Italians prepared to bury the 38 victims of a disaster that has angered the public and rattled industry.
A fire among the rubble held up part of the operation, sending clouds of white smoke up before being extinguished. A spark from metal cutting equipment was thought to have caused the blaze that started in a warehouse under the ruined bridge, reports Reuters.
The confirmed death toll from the collapse of a 200-meter (660-foot) stretch of the bridge on Tuesday that sent vehicles plummeting 50 meters (165 feet) to the ground, remained at 38, but officials have said there still may be 10-20 people missing.
More than 600 people had to leave their apartments below the remaining spans of the bridge for fear of further collapse. Officials have decided the buildings will be demolished as it would be too dangerous to leave them there.
A state funeral for most of the victims is due to be held on Saturday morning at the port city’s Exhibition and Trade Centre, led by Genoa’s archbishop, Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, and attended by President Sergio Mattarella and Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte.
But some families have said they will boycott the event and hold their own private services, as a sign of protest against what they say was negligence that caused the bridge to collapse.