Fire engulfs building near Opera square in Paris

Fire engulfs building near Opera square in Paris
Huge fire, near Paris opera houseWuzupNigeria

A huge fire broke out in a building near the Place de L'Opera square in Paris on Saturday morning.

The building on 17 Boulevard des Capucines, near the Place de L'Opera square, erupted into flames.

It started at 10.30am in Paris, in an office, on the third floor of the building which is made up of seven floors.

The fire took hold in the building which is situated between the 2nd and 9th arrondissement of Paris this morning and above a Bennetton store and a Five Guys.

There are no reported deaths or injuries following the blaze.

In a statement on Twitter the Prefecture de Police said: 'Firemen are intervening, avoid the area.'

Firefighters are still working to put the blaze out and stop it from spreading and have been on the scene for almost two hours.

According to metro.co.uk there are 120 firefighters on site who will be working all day to put out the fire.

Firefighters have not evacuated anyone from the building.

A cordon has been deployed and firefighters and French police are asking people to avoid the area.

It was not immediately clear what the cause of the fire was.

A spokesperson said half an hour ago that the fire is not yet completely under control but they are mainly working to prevent it spreading.

The fire hit the 3rd floor of the building and a little of the 4th floor and there is housing on the last two floors of the block.

Earlier, a drone was also deployed to survey the extent of the damage to the building from the air.

Social media users took to Twitter to share videos of the ferocious blaze as it first took hold.

Pictures and videos were also circulated as firefighters began to bring the blaze under control and worked to stop it spreading.

Some shared their sadness over the fire, with one person tweeting: 'Triste triste' (sad, sad) and others shared videos of the beginning of the fire, saying it was a 'strange morning.'

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