Some 150 firefighters were mobilized in Paris on Sunday to try to control a fire that ravaged the Hôtel de Seignelay, a mansion under construction in the 7th arrondissement, without causing any casualties, on the left bank of the Seine.
Shortly before 8 p.m., the firefighters were “still in the ‘active fight’ part to prevent the spread to adjoining buildings”, including the Beauharnais hotel, the residence of the German ambassador, said a spokesperson for the fire department. Paris.
The four-story building affected by this fire, the Hotel de Seignelay, has long housed ministries. It “was being renovated,” said the spokesperson for the fire department.
“The damage is considerable,” he said. “The central laboratory of the Prefecture of Police is on site” to try to determine the origin of the fire.
The neighboring building, the Hôtel de Beauharnais, built in 1713, was listed as a historical monument in 1951 and since 1968 has been the residence of the German ambassador in Paris.
The whole district had been cordoned off, on this quay of the Seine, and joggers and passers-by were diverted by the police.