A day of ‘disappointing news’ as Italian doctor finds himself in hospital
An Italian doctor has been forced to seek treatment after his car burst into flames and caught fire on the way to work.
Dr Gianni Gatti, 54, who was working as a private physician in the coastal city of Padua, was in his office at the time of the fire.
He was taken to the nearby hospital, but his condition is still not known.
The fire broke out on Thursday afternoon, in the parking lot of a pharmacy.
A man who was also driving saw the fire and alerted police, who arrived on the scene shortly after.
“We’re still waiting for the outcome of the investigation.
We’ve asked for a team of firefighters to put out the fire,” a police spokesperson told Reuters.
Firefighters and a fire truck are pictured at the scene of the car fire at the pharmacy in Padua in Italy January 22, 2018.
Gatti had a number of medical offices in Italy, including in the region of Parma.
The incident comes after the Italian media reported that the country had the worst fire rates in Europe.
The country recorded 2,988 deaths in January, according to the latest figures from the country’s national fire service.
“It’s unfortunate news, especially since this is a new season,” Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni tweeted on Wednesday, adding that the death toll had risen to 1,766 in the first half of the year.
Italy has had a record number of deaths in 2017, according the International Federation of Firefighters (IFAF).