Warsaw’s main bridge caught fire on Saturday night, according to an AFP reporter on the scene, disrupting a key route through the Polish capital as the blaze burned into the night.
Firefighters said there have been no victims from the fire but the damage to the Lazienkowski bridge could be considerable.
“Forty firefighting units are trying to control the fire,” spokesman Michal Konopka told AFP, adding that “the operation is very complicated and could last a few hours.”
A huge cloud of smoke could be seen hanging over the Saska Kepa neighborhood near the banks of the Vistula River on Sunday morning.
The fire broke out at 5:30 p.m. when wooden planks stored on the bank of the river burst into flames, which then quickly spread to wooden decking on the bridge.
Firefighters used a boat to launch jets of water onto the fire and try to stop it spreading.
All traffic has been diverted to other bridges in the city.
The Lazienkowski bridge was ravaged by a fire just after its construction in 1974.