Last updated: 10:39 AM ET, Tue January 19 2016

Fire Breaks Out at Paris' Iconic Ritz Hotel

Impacting Travel | Patrick Clarke | January 19, 2016

Fire Breaks Out at Paris' Iconic Ritz Hotel

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The renowned Ritz hotel in Paris sustained signficant damage when a fire spread to its roof Tuesday, the BBC reported.

The five-star property was closed for renovations at the time the blaze occurred, so no guests were inside. However approximately 150 workers were evacuated from the hotel.

No injuries were reported.

Fire officials have the blaze under control but said the operation will take a while given the area is difficult to access. "There is no longer any risk of it spreading, but the operation will still take a very long time," fire captain Yvon Bot told the BBC. "We are having to go meter by meter from the roof. It is too small to access from the interior."

The fire originally broke out on the building's seventh floor — where several suites are located — around 7 a.m. local time before spreading to the attic and eventually the roof.

The Ritz has been closed for renovations since August 2012 and was due to reopen to guests this coming March. However it now remains to be seen when the hotel will be ready to reopen. 

It's also unclear what caused the fire. 

Tuesday's incident comes just weeks after a massive fire engulfed a five-star luxury hotel in Dubai. The Address Hotel sustained major damage in the blaze, but no one was hurt. 


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