A large fire has devastated a historic row in the heart of Paris.

The Boulevard des Capucines is one of the "Grands Boulevards" in Paris.

The building is situated on Boulevard des Capucines, near the Place de L'Opera square and the Palais Garnier opera house People are being ordered to 'avoid the area and do not unnecessarily clutter emergency lines' by the fire services.

It is as yet unclear what caused the fire and there are no reported deaths or injuries.

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A large blaze has broken out in a building close to a tourist hotspot in the centre of Paris, sending out sheets of flame and billows of thick smoke.

Flames could be seen pouring from the windows of the picturesque building (Picture: Celine Brigand/Sipa/Rex/Shutterstock)

People were told to avoid the area, which is popular with tourists, as fire crews tackled the blaze on Saturday.

crews wearing breathing apparatus used ladders to reach the flames and used high pressure hoses.

They cause of the fire is not yet known and there were no casualties, according to the emergency services.

Fire brigade spokesman Florian Lointier said : "There are no victims.

The fire is now understood to be under control (Picture: EPA)

When the firefighters arrived nobody made themselves known to them, be it in the offices or the dwellings."

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