Three Italian firefighters, who were part of a crew who had been mobilised, to reports of an explosion having occurred, at an uninhabited farmhouse in Quargnento, about 60 kilometers (37 miles) east of Turin, died on the call of duty.
Whilst investigating the initial explosion a second, larger blast occurred.
Two of the firefighters caught in the blast were immediately given trauma care, but tragically nothing could be done to save them.
A third firefighter was missing, and was believed to be trapped under the rubble of the building.
An immediate rescue operation was commenced, including the use of heavy machinery.
Sadly the body of the missing firefighter was located under a large section of debris.
A further two firefighters and a police officer were also injured in the explosion.
The cause of the blast remains under investigation, however early reports suggest that a timer fitted to a gas canister had been found in the rubble, which indicates that the blast was a deliberate act.
Images credit to the Vigili del Fuoco (Italian Fire Service)