The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH)

Flames claim high-rise; residents evacuated


MILAN >> Italian firefighte­rs on Sunday battled a highrise blaze in Milan that spread rapidly through a 20-story residentia­l building and poured black smoke into the air. Residents were hurriedly evacuated.

Mayor Giuseppe Sala said there were no reports of injuries or deaths, but that firefighte­rs were kicking down doors, apartment by apartment, to make sure there were no victims.

The nearly 200-foot tall building, part of a recent developmen­t project, was designed to look like the keel of a ship and included an aluminum sail on its roof, which burned and fell to the street in pieces.

A huge plume of black smoke rose from the reinforced concrete building named the Torre dei Moro and was visibile for kilometers (miles). Flames continued to burn inside nearly 3 hours after a dozen fire trucks and ambulances responded to the alarm.

Unidentifi­ed residents told said that the panels on the facade were supposed to have been fire-resistant.

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