A large department store in the heart of Paris was gutted by fire on Wednesday (213 January).
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Background: A large department store in the heart of Paris was gutted by fire on Wednesday (213 January). Traffic was halted for hours as firemen tackled the blaze on the Avenue De ??? Opera in the centre of the French capital.
The store, Monoprix, was not open for business, but employees and workers in neighboring buildings were evacuated immediately. No-one was injured, but the entire contents of the store were lost in the fire.
While firemen were at Monoprix, fires broke out at three other stores across Paris. Police and Fire Brigade experts were unwilling to link the fires, but early evidence suggests the work of arsonists. Investigators have found what appear to be cigarette lighter fluid capsules in the debris at Monoprix.
The other blazes were contained quickly, but the fire fighters were kept at Monoprix late in the day, dousing the shouldering rubble.