A fire broke out in the Place de l’Opera near the Trianon Palace Hotel in central Paris early Saturday morning. Initial reports state that the fire took place at about 12:15 a.m. at the Four Seasons Hotel, located about three miles away from the Opera. According to the AFP, the fire injured three firefighters, two of whom are being treated at a hospital for minor injuries. A preliminary investigation revealed that the fire started in the basement of the hotel. Per an AFP spokesperson, the blaze is believed to have been started by accident.
Paris news commentators are beginning to weigh in on the blaze, referring to it as the “Firestorm” in reference to the fire last weekend that damaged the Louvre Museum, which is located one square kilometer away from the Trianon Palace Hotel. The building is in an area known as “Resterne,” which is home to residences, cafés, and the traditional cinema theater of the Theatre du Chatelet, just in case this most recent incident didn’t warrant enough French humor.
First responders are currently treating the scene to ensure that it’s safe for the general public to return to the area. As of this writing, only the most seriously injured had been able to be taken away by ambulance.
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