Fire reported near Vatican City, in Rome

Fire reported in Rome city, a few dozen meters from Vatican City; Black smoke seen rising in the sky, reported sime media.

A large plume of smoke has been seen near the Vatican in Rome after reports of an explosion nearby.

The Palazzo Viminale fire department released a video showing its firefighters tackling a large blaze in a junkyard close to the city walls.

They said a building nearby was evacuated as a precautionary measure.

Several people uploaded images and videos to Twitter showing thick clouds of dark smoke rising over the city shortly after 5pm on Thursday.

The cause of the fire is currently unknown.

The smoke was said to be coming from the Battistini district of Rome, which borders the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church.

Eyewitness Mountain Butorac‏ said on Twitter: “I can see the smoke from my apartment and heard the explosion.

“It’s from a neighborhood just behind the Vatican.

“The smoke wasn’t visible from St. Peter’s Square. I could only see from my roof, looking over the walls of the Vatican.

“The smell of the smoke is strong now on Borgo Pio.”