Huge Fire Breaks Out Near Gare De Lyon Train Station in Paris

PARIS — A major train station in the center of Paris was evacuated Friday after a huge fire broke out nearby, sending clouds of black smoke billowing toward the sky.

A row of parked scooters and motorcycles burned near Gare de Lyon station — one of six major stations in the French capital — after clashes broke out between people attending a concert by singer Fally Ipupa, a star in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and those boycotting the show. Police tweeted that cars also were set on fire along the sidewalk.

Ipupa was set to perform at the AccorHotels Arena on Friday night.

“Scooters were first set on fire, then the fire quickly propagated,” police said, adding that public demonstrations had been banned in the area surrounding the event.

Police later tweeted that 30 people had been arrested in connection with the demonstration.

Large plumes of smoke could be seen powering skyward in videos and pictures posted on social media by eyewitnesses. Others showed an angry mob attacking firefighters at the scene.

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Source: NBC News