Gare de Lyon, major Paris railway station, evacuated due to nearby fire: police

Gare de Lyon, one of Paris‘ busiest and oldest railway stations, was evacuated Friday evening due to a nearby fire.

“Fire in progress near the Gare de Lyon. Evacuation of the station in progress,” a tweet from police read. “Avoid the area and let the emergency services intervene.”

A police official, who did not want to be named, told The Associated Press that the fire was started by someone who lit a scooter during an unauthorized concert near the train station. Then, the flames quickly spread.

While police said the fire was under control by nightfall, flames could still be seen rising from the street near the train station.

Earlier images and videos from the scene posted on social media, which were not independently verified by Global News, showed flames near the station and thick clouds of smoke.

At one point, the station’s landmark clock tower was engulfed in smoke.

Police said there were no reports of injuries yet.

Gare de Lyon, also known as Paris-Gare-de-Lyon or Station of Lyon, operates national routes as well as services to other parts of Europe. It is one of France’s largest stations.

— With files from Reuters and The Associated Press

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