A fire in the Paris wholesale market Marché International de Rungis kept the fire brigade in suspense on Sunday. Her spokesman Marc Le Moine said 100 firefighters, using 30 fire engines, managed to contain the fire to a 7,000 square meter warehouse.
A large plume of black smoke could be seen from afar. Residents were asked to stay away from the site south of Paris. No one was injured, Le Moine said.
"It's a shock, but we're glad there were no injuries," said Shaoul Abramczyk, head of the Les Halles Mandar group that owns the warehouse. "We will not be able to fulfill our partners' orders for several days."
The market bills itself as the largest of its kind in the world. Around 12,000 people work in the many warehouses with fruit, vegetables, seafood, meat, dairy products and flowers.