A famous mansion house in Paris, France which was frequented by Brigitte Bardot, Salvador Dali, Voltaire and Chopin has burned down. The Hotel Lambert caught fire in the early hours of Wednesday morning (10Jul13) and emergency workers battled to extinguish the blaze, which reportedly started in the roof. A large part of the building has been badly damaged, and Paris' mayor Bertrand Delanoe has spoken of his sadness following the incident and praised the firefighters who worked "tirelessly through the night" to bring the blaze under control. The building was home to French writer/philosopher Voltaire in the 1740s, while later guests included composer Frederic Chopin, novelist George Sand, playwright Honore de Balzac and artist Eugene Delacroix. Artist Salvador Dali and actress Brigitte Bardot were also visitors in more recent times.