At least four dead in power plant dam blast

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Four bodies have been recovered following an explosion at a power plant next to a dam in Italy.

Sky News’ Italian branch reported five others were injured in the blast and another three are missing.

Fire brigade officials said earlier that an explosion had occurred at around 3pm (1pm in the UK) at the dam on Lake Suviana – one of three artificial lakes that feed the power station – in Bargi, near Bologna and Florence.

Utility group Enel said a fire had broken out on one of its transformers at the hydroelectric power plant.

A spokesperson added that the dam basin had not been damaged.

Luca Cari, emergency communications manager of the general command of the Fire Brigade, said ten firefighter teams “are trying to reach the level where the accident occurred and to access the premises”, and that “divers are also ready to intervene”.

It comes two months after five workers were killed after part of a building collapsed on a construction site in Florence.

Two of Italy’s largest unions are due to hold a four-hour nationwide strike on Thursday to protest over workplace safety.

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