A large fire has broken out in a warehouse housing Carnival floats in a Marsa quay, with firefighters battling the flames as northwesterly winds exacerbate the situation.
At least five fire engines and members of the Civil Protection Department were sent to Xatt il-Mollijiet to douse the flames, hosing water through a first-floor window as black smoke billowed out of the building, at around 9am today.
A large Carnival float, which had to be removed from the building, was seen swaying in the strong winds. No people are believed to be in the building; however it is believed that some dogs are still stuck inside.
It was initially reported that a door had caught on fire; however, materials inside the building are believed to have caught on fire and stoked the flames.
CPD Director Emmanuel Psaila, who is on the scene, described the situation as “evolving”, and confirmed that while no one had been hurt, they were working to rescue some dogs inside.
A number of carnival enthusiasts have since taken to Facebook, concerned that their Carnival float might have been damaged in the fire.
This is the second setback to hit Carnival enthusiasts in weeks, after gale force winds ripped the roof off of their warehouse during a historic February storm.
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