Officials blame flammable cladding after intense Milan high-rise blaze

While the exact cause of the August 29 fire that ravaged Torre dei Moro, a 20-story apartment tower in the semi-rural southern suburbs of Milan, has yet to be determined, officials already have identified a culprit as to why the inferno spread so rapidly: combustible external cladding.

Residents in the building were swiftly rescued and no serious injuries were reported and no lives were lost (save for pets), but the massive blaze was unsettlingly reminiscent of the 2017 Grenfell Tower fire in West London in both its ferocity and the accelerated manner in which the flames spread, as gaps between the structure and exterior cladding created a chimney effect

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