AN 18-STOREY residential tower block on the outskirts of Milan in Italy has been destroyed by a massive blaze
A huge fire that broke out in the 18-storey Torre dei Moro residential tower block in the Milan suburb of Via Antonini, on the outskirts of Milan, on Sunday, August 29, sent plumes of smoke into the sky that were reportedly visible across the city, with the building, home to 70 families, quickly engulfed in flames as the cladding burned ferociously.
Initial reports have said that thankfully there are no casualties, although 20 people are believed to have been treated for the effects of smoke inhalation, with the fire thought to have started on the 15th floor of the concrete structure, sending dozens of residents fleeing into the street to escape the inferno, as firefighters battled to control the blaze from around 5.30pm in the afternoon, bravely searching inside and checking if any residents remained.
In footage of the fire posted on social media, debris can be seen falling from the building onto the street, with one resident telling local newspaper Corriere, “We were told that the panels that covered the building were fireproof, instead, they burned quickly like butter”, with an aluminium sail – the building had been designed in the shape of a ship’s keel – seen falling on fire, from the roof, 60 metres (200ft) to the floor.
Giuseppe Sala, the mayor of Via Antonini commented, “For now we have no reports of victims or injured. About twenty people have gone out without problems. Now the firefighters are entering, breaking down the doors of each apartment to see if anyone has remained inside. We are positive about the fact that there was time to get out, but until the check is done we cannot be sure”.
Mr Sala was quick to praise the firefighters, “I saw firefighters with burned hands, they are doing a commendable job, as always”, as reported by uk.yahoo.com.
WARNING: GREENFELL TOWER TRIGGER.
Fire in Antonini, Milan Italy. 😢 https://t.co/ExFmpI5x20
— FireSnapper999 💙 (@Firesnapper999) August 29, 2021
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