PARIS, FRANCE – On September 25th, a fire reportedly broke out at the Rungis International Market, with the establishment billing itself as the world’s largest produce market, which is situated in Paris. Firefighters were able to get the blaze under control with no injuries being reported, but officials are still working to determine the cause of the fire.

Reportedly 30 fire engines accompanied by approximately 100 local law enforcement officers responded to the fire at the Rungis International Market, with firefighters urging people at the time to avoid the area out of an abundance of caution.

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Video captured at the scene affords insight into the massive scale of the blaze, where billows of smoke engulfed the area while fire crews fought to get the fire under control.

The size of the produce market spans an area of approximately 1.7 acres, according to Paris fire service spokesman Captain Marc Le Moine, and fire crews were able to bring the blaze under control without any reports of people being injured during the incident.

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Rungis International Market bears the unique attribute of being the largest produce market of its kind worldwide, where the over 12,000 employee establishment is responsible for supplying the French capital and surrounding areas with the likes of fruits, vegetables, seafood, meats, dairy products, and even flowers.

Captain Le Moine added that the cause of the fire is still unknown and is actively being investigated. The scope of the damage caused by the fire has not yet been shared by officials.

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Earlier this year, reports circulated regarding dozens of fires and/or explosions transpiring at food processing plants and distribution centers within the United States that resulted in questions floating about the causes of these blazes occurring in a seemingly unnatural cadence.

However, in a City Journal report from this past June written by James Meigs, he opted to dive into whether these sorts of fires at such a rate of occurrence are par for the course in any other given year. What Meigs found is that this concern about the cadence of food processing plant fires may be part of what’s called the “Baader-Meinhof phenomenon,” also referred to as the frequency illusion effect.

Mentioning that “nearly 100 incidents disrupting food supplies certainly seems like a worrisome trend,” Meigs found that, by the numbers, these number of reported fires at food processing plants isn’t terribly abnormal for any given year.

“More than 2 million farms operate in this country, and about 35,000 food and beverage processing centers. The NFPA doesn’t specifically track fires at food-processing plants. But it does report that roughly 5,000 fires occur every year at all types of manufacturing and processing facilities combined—nearly 15 per day. In addition, the group says, in 2019, ‘more than 2,000 fires occurred in agricultural, grain and livestock, and refrigerated storage facilities.’ At this rate, perhaps we should be surprised there aren’t more incidents included on the lists of supposedly suspicious events.”

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