Paris: 7 injured including 5 firefighters in a fire in front of the BHV

A fire broke out on Tuesday June 25 in a six-story building in the heart of Paris. Among the injured, a man was taken to hospital in a state of absolute emergency.


At least seven people, including five firefighters, were injured on Tuesday June 25 in the fire in a residential building located behind the Bazar de l’Hôtel de Ville (BHV), in the heart of Paris, whose staff been evacuated, according to a report from the mayor of the sector.

The fire broke out around 8:45 a.m. in a six-story building located at the corner of rue de la Verrerie and rue du Temple, just behind the department store, in the heart of the Marais district and a stone’s throw from the Town Hall.

According to an initial assessment provided to AFP by the mayor (PS) of Paris Center, Ariel Weil, a woman was first taken to hospital “in relative urgency“then a man”in absolute emergency“.

Among the firefighters who arrived by the dozens to put out the fire, five “have been hurt“, he said. “At least one“was caused by an electric arc which formed in the stairwell and made the intervention necessary”very difficult“The others were.”by heat and inhalations“, he said. The mayor emphasized his “caution on the final balance sheet” Who “may be heavier“At midday, the fire was generally under control, said Ariel Weil.

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When contacted, the Paris Fire Brigade (BSPP) was not immediately available to provide an assessment or an initial assessment of the damage. By mid-morning, a plume of smoke was emerging from the first floor of the building and flames were visible on the second floor of the building.

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The BHV was closed and evacuated before opening to the public. A security perimeter was established by the police while around ten fire trucks were deployed, noted an AFP journalist. Staff from the main BHV building, located on the sidewalk opposite the damaged building, gathered in a neighboring building and the department store remained closed. “The store was not affected by the fire which broke out nearby“, a spokesperson for the Société des Grands Stores (SGM), the commercial property owner of BHV Paris, told AFP. “The BHV will be closed all day because the area is closed off, but it will welcome customers normally from tomorrow“, Wednesday, first day of summer sales, added SGM.

The mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo, who opened the municipal council at the neighboring City Hall, went to the department store for an update on the emergency response.

(upday with AFP)

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