A violent fire broke out this Monday, around 5:30 am, under the National Bridge which spans the Seine between the 12th and 13th arrondissements. A van suddenly caught fire, causing no injuries, but the flames quickly spread to a service shaft that houses connections for district heating, electricity, gas and electric lighting.
The vehicle fire was immediately brought under control but was still smoldering, shortly before noon on Monday, inside the shaft, forcing the fifty or so firefighters intervening on the spot, with the assistance of the Long-term Exploration Section and the team. nautical, to cut the networks in order to be able to intervene on the equipment.
In addition to the power cuts in the entire sector, the interruption of the circulation of the T3A tramway and vehicles, on the bridge and the interchange of the Porte de Bercy (12th century), the disaster caused very serious traffic jams. . The incident spread on social media where alarming information was released. In response, the Paris fire brigade assures that there is no risk of collapse, as mentioned by some internet users.
Emmanuel Grégoire, the first deputy mayor (PS) of Paris, for his part asked, on Twitter, to avoid the sector and announced that a point would be made in the afternoon, on the operational consequences of the disaster. . “We are actively working to reopen the bridge,” he said.
The mayor of the 13th district also announced that as a precaution, the new school on Boulevard du Général Jean Simon was closed “to avoid any risk of smoke inhalation”.