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In pictures: Paris hotel fire

Fire at the Paris Opera hotel

Parisian firefighters were called out to a fire at a busy hotel in the city centre early on Friday.

Firefighter approaches blazing hotel

Flames had spread quickly through the six-storey Paris Opera hotel, creating an inferno.

Fire fighter rescuing guest

Dozens of people were trapped on the upper floors of the budget hotel.

Hotel on Fire

The hotel is located in a narrow street, making access difficult for the fire crews.

Hotel guest being rescued

Many of those staying at the hotel were immigrants waiting to be re-housed.

Injured boy from hotel

Some of those caught in the blaze were children.

Scene of hotel fire

A total of 76 people were registered at the hotel, located in Rue de Provence in the 9th arrondissement.

Firefighters inspect the ruined hotel

Firefighters had to wait until daylight to make a full inspection of the charred building.




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