A massive fire has broken out in southeastern Paris near the Gare de Lyon train station. The fire has prompted police to evacuate the area.
Breaking: Massive fire at Gare de Lyon train station in Paris, France. A protest against a Congolese singer who supports the current Congo President was taking place in the area. pic.twitter.com/cVm6sCoM3Q
— PM Breaking News (@PMBreakingNews) February 28, 2020
French police said the train station was evacuated and advised people to avoid the area. They didn’t elaborate on the cause of the fire.
— Préfecture de Police (@prefpolice) February 28, 2020
The UK’s Express suggests that the fire was started by a group of protestors voicing their opposition to a concert by Congolese singer Fally Ipupa. Twitter videos are emerging of streets around the train station engulfed in flames.
— Shark NewsWires (@SharkNewsWires) February 28, 2020
Riot police are moving in to counter the protestors.
— Ringo Lennon (@Eddie20937506) February 28, 2020
Gare de Lyon train station is one of six mainline railway station terminals in Paris. It’s estimated that 90 million passengers use the rail station each year. The shutdown of the station could mean rail transportation in the city will be disrupted heading into the weekend.
— George Enis (@gorgenis) February 28, 2020
Here’s a live feed of the emergency response in Paris.
— Shauntv (@shauntvGlobal) February 28, 2020