Pictures and videos shared on social media show a fire in a building on Boulevard des Capucines, near Place de l’Opéra in Paris, where the famous Palais Garnier opera house is located
A large fire broke out in a building near a famous opera house in central Paris, rescue workers said.
Pictures and videos shared on Twitter show clouds of smoke over the French capital.
In a clip from the French television channel BFMTV, rescue workers can be seen at the scene of the fire on the Boulevard des Capucines near the Place de l’Opéra, where the Palais Garnier is located.
The road was closed while firefighters were fighting the fire and people were asked to avoid the area.
Black smoke can be seen from two windows of a building on the boulevard, and flames can be seen from the street.
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The prefecture of police said in a statement: “Firefighters are intervening, avoid the area.”
One person who posted pictures of the fire on Twitter wrote, “It looks near the opera.”
The cause of the fire is unknown, there are currently no injuries.
It is assumed that 100 firefighters were called to the scene of the fire.
The Boulevard des Capucines takes its name from the Capucine Monastery and is located between the 2nd and 9th arrondissement of Paris.
Vladimir Garcin-Berson, a journalist who works for the French newspaper Le Figaro, wrote on Twitter that the fire struck several floors of the building above the Benetton and Five Guys on the boulevard.
A firefighter told reporters the fire started on the third floor and their action would take up to four hours.
As the fire department announced, the fire had hit the third and part of the fourth floor.
Mr Garcin-Berson said firefighters called to a fire around 10:30 a.m. local time (9:30 a.m. UK time) were also involved in the incident on the second floor of the building.
Rescue workers said the apartments are on the last two floors of the building.
The fire comes two and a half years after another major fire in Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris.
The historic building went up in flames on April 15, 2019 as tearful Parisians looked on in despair.
More than 400 firefighters fought the flames to save the main building and towers.