Dramatic rescue mission as apartment block goes up in flames

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Italian firefighters have battled a blaze that engulfed a 20-storey apartment building in Milan, where miraculously no fatalities were reported. 

According to Milan Mayor Giuseppe Sal nobody was injured in the fire.

“The firemen are going from apartment to apartment, knocking down doors to make sure no one remains inside,” Mr Sala told the Corriere della Sera newspaper.

A photo of the apartment building burning in Milan.
The fire burned in the 20-storey building in Milan for three hours. Source: Sipa USA via AAP.

“But we are optimistic because people had time to get out."

The apartment building which is located on the southern outskirts of Milan is around 60-metres tall and houses around 70 families.

The building was designed to look like the keel of a ship with an aluminium sail on the roof, which burned and fell to the street in pieces.

Fire burned for three hours

According to Milano Today, the fire began on the 15th floor and spread to the rest of the building.

The fire services said on Twitter “the flames then spread to the lower levels,” causing thick smoke.

"We smelled smoke and fled immediately," one resident told Ansa News Agency.

One resident of the building told the Milano Cronaca that the cladding on the building was to blame for the blaze.

"We were told that the panels that covered the building were fireproof, but instead they burned quickly," they said.

Locals watch on as the inferno is put out by authorities. Source: Getty
Locals watch on as the inferno is put out by authorities. Source: Getty

Another eyewitness said panels on the walls had melted "like butter"

The fire burned for nearly three hours after emergency services responded, including around 50 firefighters and 15 fire engines used.

According to the paper, 20 residents suffered slight smoke inhalation.

with AAP

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