Huge fire ravages French public radio complex

A fire broke out at France's public radio headquarters in Paris, forcing live programmes off the air as staff evacuated the vast Paris complex where major building work has been underway

Huge fire ravages French public radio complex

World Bulletin/News Desk

Intense fires have ravaged the upper floors of Radio House in Paris - the headquarters of France's public service broadcaster Radio France.

Windows were blown out and thick black smoke billowed from the building after the fire broke out on the eighth floor on Friday in a part of the building undergoing renovation.

Staff were evacuated and there were no reports of deaths or injuries in the building located in the 16th arrondissement of Paris, which hosts France's major public service radio stations.

French President Francois Hollande said he was "paying close attention" to the emergency.

Prime Minister Manuel Valls said on his Twitter account: "Fire at the Radio House I extend my solidarity to all the team." 

Radio France's radio broadcasters France Inter and France Info were forced to stop broadcasting and firefighters advised them to evacuate the building.

Laurent Guimier, Director of France Info said, "I hope we will resume our programs as soon as possible. The important thing is that everyone is very safe." 

Some journalists posted on Twitter: "All is well". 

Radio France said on Twitter it would resume broadcasting in another building.

Last Mod: 31 Ekim 2014, 17:22
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