Fire broke out in the historic mairie building at around 12.45pm on Thursday and quickly spread to the roof, which was seen by witnesses to be well ablaze.
— Samuel Dixneuf (@Heraclite) November 14, 2019
All staff were safely evacuated from the building when the fire, which is believed to have started in an electric circuit box, broke out.
— Elie Abergel (@Elie_Abergel) November 14, 2019
The school and nursery on the nearby quai Jules Philippe were also evacuated and the children taken to a safe location.
#France De grands panaches de fumée s'élèvent de la toiture de l'hôtel de ville d'#Annecy qui est actuellement en proie à un violent incendie.
Les pompiers sont mobilisés #Savoie pic.twitter.com/gzjFU8Rf3j
— Rebecca Rambar (@RebeccaRambar) November 14, 2019
There were no reported injuries and fire crews say the blaze is not believed to be deliberate.
Annecy, known as 'the pearl of the Alps' is a popular holiday destination year-round for its beautiful Medieval buildings and large lake, as well as nearby ski resorts.