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The five-star Ritz hotel in Paris suffered major damage today following a fire that has reportedly destroyed the entire top floor.
Around 60 firefighters were needed to bring the fire under control at the hotel, which is famously where Princess Diana spent her last evening.
About 150 workers had to leave the building but no injuries were reported.
The Ritz Paris is currently closed for renovations following a three-year €200 million (£152m) refurbishment, and was due to reopen in just two months time.
According to the BBC the fire started on the seventh floor, took hold in the attic and spread to the roof.
People have been advised to avoid the Place Vendome area of the city.
The hotel has been under renovation since 2012 after it failed to meet the demanding new standards to qualify for “palace” status introduced for luxury hotels by the city of Paris, but was due to reopen in March this year.
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