‘Major’ fire in Paris as police evacuate Gare de Lyon railway station


‘Major’ fire in Paris as police evacuate Gare de Lyon railway station

  • ‘Huge’ fire has broken out near to the Gare de Lyon railway station in Paris
  • Police evacuated station and have been dealing with protests in area during day

Paris police reported a fire Friday evening near the Gare de Lyon train station, which it said was being evacuated.

‘Avoid the area and allow the emergency services to intervene,’ the police tweeted.   

A witness said they saw huge clouds of black smoke billowing over the station and several fire trucks were in the area.

Paris police evacuated the Gare de Lyon train station in Paris on Friday after a fire in the area

Paris police evacuated the Gare de Lyon train station in Paris on Friday after a fire was started in the area

The flames were seen engulfing bikes in footage shared on social media

The blaze was seen engulfing a row of parked bikes, which appeared to be under a bridge

Protests have been happening in the area throughout the day ahead of Congolese singer Fally Ipupa performing in the evening, reports Le Parisien.

One video from the scene showed dozens of people pushing firefighters away and telling them to turn around as they tried to get to the blaze.

While other clips shared on social media showed the fire burning under a bridge and next to a row of motorcycles. 

Other images showed protesters turning firefighters away as they tried to help fight the blaze

Some protesters picked up barricades to try and push back emergency services

Other clips shared online showed protesters turning firefighters away as they tried to help fight the blaze

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