Rome rubbish site burns again

Fresh concerns over toxic fumes as fire reignites in Pomezia.

A fire has reignited at the Eco X waste storage facility in the Pomezia suburb south of Rome, 12 days after the site was devastated in a blaze whose toxic fumes led to the evacuation of residents and school children in the locality.

Flames rose again from the storage unit on 17 May, following a spontaneous recombustion of the original fire, causing a return of the thick plume of black smoke over Pomezia and raising new concerns among local residents.

When the initial fire broke out on 5 May Rome's mayor Virginia Raggi advised residents of 21 towns south of the capital to keep their windows closed to avoid breathing toxic fumes generated from waste plastic and other recycled materials.

However the mayor assured residents of Rome that they had nothing to worry about.