According to local reports, up to 60 firefighters rushed into the Washington Street building. Parisians are urged to avoid the area while the emergency services fight the flames. Photos taken at the scene show huge flames rising in the sky.
The fire comes as millions of Parisians begin to return to normal life after months of foreclosure.
Initial reports erroneously suggested that the fire was at the current embassy.
A witness tweeted: “Urgent: A roofing fire is underway at the Chinese Embassy in the 8th arrondissement of Paris.
“The firefighters (firefighters) are on the scene and are asking to avoid the area. ”
Images taken at the scene show police officers standing by a cordon at the corner of Washington Street on the Champs-Elysées.
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“We sincerely hope that no people are killed in the fire. ”
The flames engulfed about 600 square meters of the roof of the building, reports said.
This week saw the reopening of cafes, bars and restaurants.
The terraces appeared full on Monday as people flocked to socialize while maintaining social distance.
France is one of the European countries most affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
A total of 29,209 deaths from COVID-19 have been confirmed.
And official data put the infection number at 154,188.