Firefighters were battling a massive blaze that engulfed most of a 40-story building in the capital of Chechnya, Russian news agencies reported Wednesday.
The building, one of several skyscrapers in the Grozny City complex, is the tallest in Chechnya, the Russian state news agency reported. Police and emergency officials told local media that no one had been killed or injured as the building went up in flames; the Associated Press reported that the building was unoccupied. The cause of the fire was not immediately known.
Videos and photos of the fire spread online showed dark smoke pouring from the edges of the towering building as the flames spread upward. Helicopters were sent from the southern city of Pyatigorsk to help quash the blaze, the Russia Today television network reported.