No reports of casualties as hotel a favourite of Charlie Chaplin and Ernest Hemingway was closed for refurbishment

A fire has engulfed the top floor of the luxury Ritz hotel in Paris, which is currently closed to the public and in the final phase of a refurbishment.

Firefighters were called to the panorama at 6am. They supported there were no fatalities because the inn was empty during building toil. A huge part of the building had been affected, firefighters said.

The blaze was on the top floor of the building and the ceiling, a fire service spokesman said. Drivers were advised to avoid the Place Vendome, where the inn is situated.

The Ritz, owned by the businessman Mohamed Al Fayed, closed to the public in 2012 for a 200 m( PS150m) renovation. The four-storey classically styled building a favourite of Charlie Chaplin, Coco Chanel and Ernest Hemingway, who had a table reputation after him has not been able to been refurbished for years and faced strong competition from the growing number of new indulgence inns across the city. After a full refit it had been due to to reopen this year.

Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed dined at the inn before their fatal auto gate-crash in 1997. After they left area 101 the imperial suite and departed by the inns busines entryway, their Mercedes crashed after trying to escape the paparazzi.

In 2012, people were treated for smoking inhalation after a glow in an underground car park at the hotel.

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