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Paris: Fire breaks out on terrace of new Palais de Justice law courts

Dramatic scenes were witnessed in the north of Paris on Thursday afternoon as a blaze broke out on the 29th floor terrace of the new Palais de Justice courthouse in the French capital.

Paris: Fire breaks out on terrace of new Palais de Justice law courts
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Six hundred people were evacuated from the new building in the Batignolles area in the city's 17th arrondissement.
 
Paris firefighters said the fire had broken out near an electrical box outside the building but luckily did not spread inside.  
 
 
“A public evacuation was held as a security measure and was conducted in a calm atmosphere,” they said, adding that the situation “is now under control” and there were no injuries. 
 
 
The origin of the fire is “uncertain”, the president of the court, Jean-Michel Hayat, told AFP. 
 
“The fire spread under the wooden planks of the terrace,” he added. 
 
The upper part of the courthouse, including the 29th floor all the way up to the 38th was evacuated as a precaution, said Hayat. 
 
Th courthouse, which officially opened to the public in April this year, was designed by the Italian architect Renzo Piano.
 

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POLICE

Fire ravages building near Paris opera house

Police in the French capital have advised people to avoid the Boulevard des Capucines, near Place de l'Opéra, after a building caught fire.

A large fire has broken out near Paris' Place de l'Opéra. Emergency services say to avoid the area.
A large fire has broken out near Paris' Place de l'Opéra (Photo by JOEL SAGET / AFP)

A large building has caught fire on the Boulevard des Capucines in Paris’ 9th arrondissement. 

Images posted on social media show plumes of black smoke coming out of the old haussmanian building as fire engines attend to the blaze.

It is not yet clear what the cause of the fire was. 

French police have advised the public to stay away from the area to allow access for fire engines. 

We will be updating this story as we get more information. 

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