Fire breaks out at world's largest fish market in Tokyo

Dozens of Tokyo firefighters were battling a blaze on Thursday at the world’s largest fish market and one of the capital’s most popular tourist sites, as grey smoke billowed over the city.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or people trapped, media said.

The 80-year-old Tsukiji fish market draws tens of thousands of visitors a year to its warren of stalls laden with exotic species of fish and fresh sushi, part of a tourism boom that is a key part of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s economic plan.

The fire broke out just before 5 p.m. and some 44 fire trucks were on the scene. But efforts to contain the flames were hampered by the area’s narrow streets and tight-knit buildings.

The cause was not immediately known. (Reuters)

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Fire breaks out at world’s largest fish market in Tokyo

Firefighters attempt to extinguish a fire at Tsukiji Fish Market on Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017, in Tokyo. No injuries were reported. (Photo: Sherry Zheng/AP)

Fire breaks out at world’s largest fish market in Tokyo

Firefighters operate at the fire site at Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo, Japan August 3, 2017. (Photo: Toru Hanai/Reuters)

Fire breaks out at world’s largest fish market in Tokyo

Police manage crowds as firefighters work to extinguish the fire at Tsukiji Fish Market on Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017, in Tokyo. (Photo: Sherry Zheng/AP)

Fire breaks out at world’s largest fish market in Tokyo

Firefighters spray on fire from above as a helicopter flies even higher above at Tsukiji Fish Market on Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017, in Tokyo. (Photo: Sherry Zheng/AP)

Fire breaks out at world’s largest fish market in Tokyo

Passersby cover their face as they walk near the fire site at Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo, Japan August 3, 2017. (Photo: Toru Hanai/Reuters)

Fire breaks out at world’s largest fish market in Tokyo

Firefighters operate at the fire site at Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo, Japan August 3, 2017. (Photo: Toru Hanai/Reuters)

Fire breaks out at world’s largest fish market in Tokyo

A fire destroyed several buildings outside Tokyo’s famed Tsukiji fish market on August 3, 2017 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo: The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images)

Fire breaks out at world’s largest fish market in Tokyo

A Japanese firefighter tries to extinguish a fire inside a shop at Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market on August 3, 2017. (Photo: Behrouz Mehri/AFP/Getty Images)

Fire breaks out at world’s largest fish market in Tokyo

Firefighters operate at the fire site at Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo, Japan August 3, 2017. (Photo: Toru Hanai/Reuters)

Fire breaks out at world’s largest fish market in Tokyo

Firefighters operate at the fire site at Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo, Japan August 3, 2017. (Photo: Toru Hanai/Reuters)

Fire breaks out at world’s largest fish market in Tokyo

Smoke rises from a fire in a building at Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market on August 3, 2017. (Photo: Behrouz Mehri/AFP/Getty Images)

Fire breaks out at world’s largest fish market in Tokyo

Passersby cover their face as they walk near the fire site at Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo, Japan August 3, 2017. (Photo: Toru Hanai/Reuters)

Fire breaks out at world’s largest fish market in Tokyo

Firefighters operate at the fire site at Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo, Japan August 3, 2017. (Photo: Toru Hanai/Reuters)

Fire breaks out at world’s largest fish market in Tokyo

Police officers stands guard at the fire site at Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo, Japan August 3, 2017. (Photo: Toru Hanai/Reuters)

Fire breaks out at world’s largest fish market in Tokyo

Firefighters operate at the fire site at Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo, Japan August 3, 2017. (Photo: Toru Hanai/Reuters)

Fire breaks out at world’s largest fish market in Tokyo

Firefighters operate at the fire site at Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo, Japan August 3, 2017. (Photo: Toru Hanai/Reuters)

Fire breaks out at world’s largest fish market in Tokyo

Firefighters operate at the fire site at Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo, Japan August 3, 2017. (Photo: Toru Hanai/Reuters)

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