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Fire breaks out at posh Place Vendome garage in Paris

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Smoke fills the sky near the Column Vendome, with a Napoleon statue on top, as a fire burns in an underground car park at the Place Vendome in Paris on Thursday.

The Place Vendome parking garage in the center of Paris was ablaze earlier Thursday, sending a large plume of black smoke over the city’s skyline.

The fire reportedly broke out in a car parked on the second floor of the garage, according to gtspirit.com. There were no reports of injuries, although one of 90 firemen at the scene was said to have suffered smoke inhalation, The Australian reported.


Place Vendome, in the city's First Arrondissement, is known for its upscale shopping and the posh Ritz hotel. Employees in the immediate area of the fire were reportedly evacuated.

The garage is also known for housing many expensive vehicles, and gtspirit.com speculated the blaze could end up causing damage in excess of $6.6 million. Unconfirmed reports suggest that the car that started the blaze was a Ferrari.

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