Massive fire at Paris museum brought under control after six hours, 2 firefighters wounded

A fire at a Paris museum that raged for six hours has been brought under control, reported the BBC, after injuring two firefighters and darkening the northern part of the city under a large plume of black smoke.

The Cite des Sciences in Paris, one of Europe's biggest science museums which sees millions of visitors a year, caught fire on Wednesday night, threatening a huge swathe of the city.

Some 120 firefighters were deployed to extinguish the fire, which spread to several levels of the sprawling Parc de Villette site, as well as the roof, and affected about 10,000 sq m, the BBC quoted officials as saying.

The building has been undergoing construction work, but it is still unclear why the blaze broke out. It fire alarms had been disabled due to the works, the BBC said.

The museum is popular with the public, which throngs its children's exhibits and iMax theatre.