Firefighters were still on the scene around 22 p.m. An impressive fire broke out Saturday in the early evening in a disused building in Rouen (Seine-Maritime), mobilizing about fifty firefighters. No casualties were reported Saturday night.
Fire in Rouen (Petit-Quevilly) tonight in a building (T4 Louis Poterat). I hope there were no injuries 😨 pic.twitter.com/1ltJ8pnjiH
— Elisa 🐻 (@ashikuu_m) September 30, 2023
Firefighters were alerted around 18 p.m. Saturday for a fire in one of the disused "glass and steel" buildings in the Saint-Julien district of Rouen. 56 firefighters and 15 machines were mobilized. The national police was also present on site, and a security perimeter was established, said on X (ex-Twitter) the prefect of Seine-Maritime, inviting to "avoid the sector".
Fire in progress Saint-Julien district in #Rouen
The @Sdis76 firefighters and @PoliceNat76 police officers are on site.
A security perimeter is established.
Avoid the area. pic.twitter.com/XHlNQtHLhS
— Prefect of Normandy and Seine-Maritime (@Prefet76) September 30, 2023
The fire was still ongoing around 20:30 p.m., according to Rouen Mayor Nicolas Mayer Rossignol. Firefighters are conducting "investigations into the origin of the fire and the possible human presence," he added in a message on X.
Already a fire in early September
Firefighters faced "several fire starts in the floors," Sdis 76 told Ouest-France. The building was "probably squatted" and reconnaissance was conducted in the different floors "to ensure the absence of casualties", he added.
A large plume of black smoke emanates from the building. The flames were visible several kilometers away, according to videos posted Saturday night on social networks. Impressive images, which did not fail to evoke the fire in September 2019 at the Lubrizol plant in Rouen.
— Olivier cosson (@OlivierCoc) September 30, 2023
A fire had already broken out on September 7 in another building of the "glass and steel" complex, dating from the 1970s. About twenty firefighters had been mobilized to control it. There were no casualties.