The wealthiest square in Paris was evacuated last Thursday after a huge fire broke out underneath the French capital’s Ritz hotel.
Dozens of people were treated for smoke inhalation and at least 15 luxury cars were destroyed in the blaze in a five-storey underground car park in Place Vendome.
France’s Ministry of Justice was among buildings evacuated, along with numerous jewellery and designer fashion shops.
According to some unconfirmed witness accounts, the fire was started by petrol leaking from a Ferrari on the second floor of the parking lot.
The Parisien reported that the flames quickly spread to neighboring vehicles, causing an “impressive” blaze that “thankfully didn’t cost any lives.”