Residents moved to safety as flames consume high-rise in Milan

Fire spread from the 15th floor, quickly devouring the entire facade of the building

Italian firefighters on Sunday battled a blaze in Milan that spread rapidly through a 20-storey residential building.

Residents were quickly moved out and there were no immediate reports of injuries or deaths.

A plume of black smoke rose from the reinforced concrete building, named the Torre dei Moro. The fire burnt for nearly three hours after a dozen emergency vehicles and ambulances responded to the alarm.

The blaze was limited when firefighters arrived and crews were able to get to the top floor to lead residents to safety, one responder told the Corriere della Sera newspaper.

Within an hour, the flames had spread from the 15th floor, where the blaze appeared to have started, quickly devouring the entire facade of the building.

The 60-metre building, part of a recent development project, was designed to look like the keel of a ship and featured an aluminium sail on its roof, which burned and fell to the street in pieces.

Firefighters said the incident involved a 20-storey building. Plans for the project said it had 16 residential floors and two underground.

Updated: August 29th 2021, 9:26 PM