DEVELOPING: Vatican On FIRE, Loud “Boom” Heard…

Visitors have taken to social media to express their shock at the scenes unfolding in the city.

One person simply tweeted: “Vatican on fire”.

Another said: “Possible explosion at the Vatican.”

A third posted online: “Currently a major fire (near the #Vatican), heavy smoke, big column of smoke rises up into the sky.”

Express reports:

According to reports the Pope is inside the Vatican.

Alarming footage from the scene shows black smoke pouring into the sky at a considerable rate.

One eyewitness said they saw smoke, adding: “Then a few minutes later there was a loud boom and more smoke”.

“I’ve heard lots of sirens.

“The smoke was drifting high over my apartment.”

Photos show a fire raging in a building.

This is a developing story.

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