PARIS, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- Firefighters in Paris have controlled a large fire on the top floor of the world-famous, five-star Hôtel Ritz.
The historic hotel in central Paris has been closed for nearly three years for renovations worth millions of euros, BBC News reported. The fire forced 150 workers in the building to leave. No injuries were reported.
No guests were staying at the hotel and it was previously scheduled to open in March. Authorities were called about 7 a.m., with about 60 firefighters and 15 fire engines responding.
The fire began on the hotel's seventh floor and spread to the attic and then the roof. The surrounding area was blocked off as firefighters aboard cranes sprayed water onto the flames.
"There is no longer any risk of it spreading, but the operation will still take a very long time," Paris Fire Captain Yvon Bot said. "We are having to go meter by meter from the roof. It is too small to access from the interior."