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Milan high-rise consumed by flames

Milan: Italian firefighters battled a high-rise blaze in Milan that spread rapidly through a 20-storey residential building and poured black smoke into the air on Sunday.

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.

Smoke billows from a building on fire in Milan, Italy.

Smoke billows from a building on fire in Milan, Italy.Credit:AP

“We are sure that there was time to get out but, until the controls are finished, we cannot be entirely sure,” Sala told reporters at the scene.

He said about 20 people were evacuated without incident.

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

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

Unidentified residents said the panels on the facade were supposed to have been fire-resistant.Credit:AP

A huge plume of black smoke rose from the reinforced concrete building named the Torre dei Moro and was visible for kilometres.

Flames continued to burn inside nearly three hours after a dozen fire trucks and ambulances responded to the alarm.

Smoke billows from a building in Milan, Italy.

Smoke billows from a building in Milan, Italy.Credit:AP

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