Central Paris was rocked by the explosion, which was caught on camera by witnesses. French emergency services are currently on the scene of a residential block of flats attempting to control the inferno. It it not et known if anybody is injured.
Paris: Police respond to building on fire in city centre
A witness snapped a picture of the blaze and posted it on Twitter with the caption: “Violent fire in the 19th in Paris in a residential building. Explosion heard instantly. Firefighters on site.”
The fire is located around 700m from Rosa Parks’ rail station, triggering the social media hashtag Rosa Parks.
One witness replying to the comment said after the explosion, the fire spread from the first floor to the second.
Another, who said she lives in the building, added she was “worried for her neighbours”.
The fire is in Paris’ 19 arrondissement, which is near a movie theatre and train lines.
It is north-central in the city.
The explosion comes after a day of further Yellow Vest protests that saw riot police hurl tear gas at demonstrators in the 21st consecutive weekend of violence.
French men and women carried flags and signs calling for President Emmanuel Macron to hold referendums for citizens to have a say in big policy decisions.
Incidents took place in various locations in France, including Rouen where hundreds of people gathered around an area barricaded by the police shouting, “Macron, get lost for good!”
Protesters totalled 23,000 across the country, according to the Interior Ministry, the movement’s lowest turnout since protests began last year.