Fashion designer Giorgio Armani and dozens of others were forced to flee their vacation villas overnight as firefighters worked Thursday on the Sicilian island of Pantelleria to put out the remains of two wildfires.
A photo shows flames appearing to be entering Armani’s mansion, but his press office said they stopped short of the property. Armani and guests were evacuated onto a boat in the harbor overnight.
The region’s disaster management agency chief Salvatore Cocina said arson was suspected in two wildfires that forced about 30 people to take refuge on boats or in safer parts of the island. Firefighters deployed Canadair aircraft to put out the blazes, along with ground teams to protect homes. Authorities said no structures appeared to have been lost.
The island’s mayor, Vincenzo Campo, told ANSA news agency two Canadairs were working to put out the last of the flames on difficult terrain and the wind had eased.
“After the big scare from last evening and night at work, Pantelleria is getting back to normal,” said Campo. “The worst seems to be over.”
Local officials asked for information that would help determine the cause of the fire, which started at two points a quarter mile apart.
Pantelleria, sandwiched between Sicily and Tunisia, is a popular beach and trekking destination that encompasses ancient archaeological sites and natural geographic formations.
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