Firefighters evacuate Paris theater after roof catches fire

A fire broke out on the roof of the theatre Place de l’Opera on Tuesday evening in central Paris, and sparked an evacuation of the building. The fire, near the Opera and Place de la Republique in the city’s Latin Quarter, then expanded to two nearby residential buildings, Reuters reports. President Emmanuel Macron and French prime minister Edouard Philippe decided to order a state of emergency in the area and established a large security cordon around the theater. While there were no reports of any injuries or damage to the theatre itself, residents in surrounding buildings say smoke and water had covered a number of floors of their apartments. No evacuations took place in Paris. The cause of the fire is being investigated, but is believed to have been accidental. President Macron, for his part, tweeted in support of firemen “who protected the square with courage, bravery and devotion.”


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