By Alessandra PizzarelliThe football club Juventus are taking the heat for a blaze that left at least 12 people dead and nearly 400 injured at a Russian power plant on the outskirts of the Italian city of Turin.
In the immediate aftermath of the blaze, police were called in to investigate the incident but the fire was not officially put out until around 11:00pm on Monday, when authorities declared it under control.
A total of 12 people were killed and more than 400 injured, according to the Italian Interior Ministry, with more than 100 of those confirmed to have died from smoke inhalation.
The fire was extinguished within 45 minutes but it caused an estimated $150m (£106m) damage to the nearby power plant.
The cause of the power plant explosion is yet to be determined.
The explosion has caused some major infrastructure to collapse and the surrounding area has been evacuated.
The Italian authorities have also closed all of the city’s roads and the railway system is being shut down.
The blaze at the St Petersburg power plant has prompted a number of calls from residents in the nearby area to the authorities to assist.
The Russian president, Vladimir Putin, issued a statement condemning the “unfortunate and senseless” explosion and asking authorities to “immediately find and dispose of all those responsible”.
“I appeal to all responsible parties to immediately find and destroy those responsible for this terrible accident,” he said.
“I strongly condemn this tragedy, which is yet another instance of the failure of the political leadership of the Republic of Russia to safeguard the health and safety of its citizens,” Putin added.
Power plants have been the target of a number fatal accidents in recent years, including the 2011 collapse of the A-330, which was carrying the Russian president Vladimir Putin to the Olympics in London.