Fashion designer Giorgio Armani flees wildfire on Sicilian island

Fashion designer Giorgio Armani and dozens of other people fled their vacation villas overnight as firefighters worked to douse what was left of two wildfires on the Sicilian island of Pantelleria.

The photo shows flames appearing to be entering Armani’s mansion, but his press office said they stopped short of the property.

Armani and guests were evacuated onto a boat in the harbor overnight.

The region’s disaster management agency chief Salvatore Cocina said arson had been suspected in two wildfires that forced about 30 people to take refuge on boats or in safer parts of the island.


Giorgio Armani (Michel Euler/AP)

Firefighters deployed Canadair aircraft to put out the blazes, along with ground teams to protect homes. Authorities said no structures appeared to have been lost.

The island’s mayor, Vincenzo Campo, told ANSA news agency that two Canadairs were working to put out the last of the flames in difficult terrain and that the wind had eased.

“After the big scare from last evening and night at work, Pantelleria is getting back to normal,” said Mr. Campo. “It seems the worst is over.”

Local officials asked for information that would help determine the cause of the fire, which started at two points 400 meters apart.

Pantelleria, located between Sicily and Tunisia, is a popular beach and trekking destination with ancient archaeological sites and natural geographic formations.

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