A fire that broke out early Monday morning under a Parisian bridge is taken care of by the city’s firefighters. No injuries have been reported and emergency services say there is no danger of the bridge collapsing.
The Paris emergency services were called for a fire under the National Bridge in the 13th arrondissement in the early hours of Monday morning. It was reported that a man was sleeping in a van under an arch of the bridge and was woken up by the smoke. He was not injured.
The pickup truck fire was quickly extinguished, but the flame spread under the bridge. The French channel BFM TV claimed that the fire endangered equipment intended for district heating, electricity and gas. Specialists were on site to identify the extent of the damage and cut off the electricity or gas supply. The area has been cordoned off.
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Firefighters said they were intervening and encouraged the public to avoid the area. “Avoid the area and don’t overcrowd emergency lines. Residents of the neighborhood, be careful,“a tweet read, adding that the bridge is not at risk of collapsing.
Photos and videos shared online show black smoke billowing at deck level. Several fire trucks can be seen on site.
?? [Info @Valeurs] A vehicle fire broke out this morning at 5:36 am under the National Bridge in Paris. A man was sleeping in a van and one was awakened by the smoke, he was not injured. Firefighters fear a collapse of the bridge. Sector cordoned off. pic.twitter.com/F2uxGKpl6v
– Amaury Brelet (@AmauryBrelet) September 13, 2021
Traffic light under the National Bridge The traffic of the tram as for the vehicles is for the moment interrupted. In the same way, cut of the traffic at the level of the platforms. pic.twitter.com/3KZ3yf5yKu
– Jérôme Coumet (@jerome_coumet) September 13, 2021
The local mayor Jérôme Coumet confirmed that the circulation of vehicles and trains was interrupted. The bridge is located southeast of the French capital, where it crosses the Seine and connects the 12th and 13th arrondissements.
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