Fire Erupts Outside Louvre Museum

Water and fire will not stop the Louvre from reopening June 8.

Antoine ZalcPhoto: @antoinezalc Instagram
Antoine Zalc
Photo: @antoinezalc Instagram

Black clouds stained the Parisian skyline on June 6 after a fire broke out on the street adjacent to the Louvre museum. Still dealing with the aftermath of last week’s flooding, the Louvre is once again in the news because of the blaze.

When the fire erupted, the museum was still closed in order to protect its artworks from any water damage after Paris’s excessive rainfall last week.

The river Seine banks in front of the Musée d’Orsay have been blocked because of floods on June 2, 2016 in Paris, France. Photo Thierry Chesnot/Getty Images.

The river Seine banks in front of the Musée d’Orsay were blocked because of floods on June 2, 2016 in Paris, France. Photo Thierry Chesnot/Getty Images.

 

It appears that rubbish outside the Parisian landmark caught on fire. Fortunately no one was injured and Paris’s fire department was able to tame the fire relatively quickly and efficiently. Nonetheless, the small fire caused a dramatic cloud of black smoke visible from all across the City of Lights, which stirred up a storm on social media platforms such as Twitter and Instagram. Citizens shared their concern for the beloved museum, which stands as a historic monument and landmark in Paris, and holds some of the world’s most valuable artifacts of the art historical canon.

The Louvre is due to re-open on Wednesday June 8, after staff ensure the museum’s artworks are secure from flooding, as reported by the Telegraph.

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