After a brief but frightening blaze broke out on Friday night, crews were able to bring the fire under control after 20 minutes, according to preliminary reports from fire officials.
The incident began at about 8:45 p.m. in a workshop belonging to the Place de L’Opera cultural center, said Frederic Nicolay, secretary of State for Culture. The Fire Brigade received information about the incident at 8:32 p.m. and put together a team of around 25 firefighters, he said.
Witnesses said flames traveled upward through a small wall and attic space, according to the Paris government-owned InfoComm for the Protection of People and Cultural Heritage. The building housed artwork, costumes and creative tools, Nicolay said. No injuries were reported and there was no risk of the fire spreading.
Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo asked firefighters to inspect similar buildings to ensure they could withstand any kind of fire, she said. The Place de L’Opera was closed but might be reopened Saturday, Nicolay said.
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