• Short Summary

    A fire which swept today (Tuesday) through a picturesque wooden building in the Parisian artists' quarter of Montmartre, destroyed a block of studios known as the "Bateau Lavoir" (Laundry Boat) - one of the city's most historic buildings, in which Picasso, Chagal, Rousseau, Utrillo, Braque, Modigliani and other founders of the modern art movement lived and worked early this century.

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    A fire which swept today (Tuesday) through a picturesque wooden building in the Parisian artists' quarter of Montmartre, destroyed a block of studios known as the "Bateau Lavoir" (Laundry Boat) - one of the city's most historic buildings, in which Picasso, Chagal, Rousseau, Utrillo, Braque, Modigliani and other founders of the modern art movement lived and worked early this century.

    The studios - which were only last December bought by the City of Paris as an historic monument - derived their name from the building's resemblance to the boats which took in washing on the Seine in the 19th and early 20th Centuries.

    Although there was no immediate indication as to the cause of the fire - some reports link it with the series of fires and explosions which have swept through France in the last month as part of the shopkeepers' and students' unrest, particularly since the Bateau Lavoir lies near the Basilica of Sacre Couer which was the target of an arson attack on Sunday (May 10).

    Two women were slightly burned by the flames as scores of firemen fought the blaze which gutted the wooden building in fifteen minutes. Neighbouring buildings were evacuated and two adjoining houses slightly damaged.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5WM8D97XIDZNPYZFDXWQ6LAGN
    Media URN:
    VLVA5WM8D97XIDZNPYZFDXWQ6LAGN
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/05/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:11:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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