Plumes of thick smoke and flames were seen rising over the popular market in the European capital city.

Berlin Christmas market on fire

Berlin Christmas Market burst into flames (Image: @moiranda1/X)

Huge plumes of smoke were seen rising over a popular Christmas Market after a number of stalls caught fire last night (December 5). 

Dramatic pictures show the night sky turning red, with thick grey smoke filling the air near the Red Town Hall in the German capital city of Berlin. 

Visitors to the festive market fled the scene after a blaze engulfed two of the wooden stalls offering Christmas-themed goods.

Located in the world-famous Alexanderplatz, the market was evacuated as firefighters rushed to the scene to douse the roaring flames.

While the fire crews were intervening, two small gas cartridges exploded, popular German news outlet Bild wrote.  

The Christmas Market in Alexanderplatz

The Christmas Market in Alexanderplatz offers visitors an array of trinkets, food and drinks (Image: GETTY)

The incident caused two people to be rushed to hospital with injuries. One of the casualties was an employee at the market who suffered minor burns while trying to extinguish the flames, while the second was a visitor who needed treatment after inhaling smoke, the German news outlet wrote. 

In the aftermath of the incident, a spokesman for the Berlin fire department said: “At the Christmas market at the Red Town Hall, two stalls caught fire. The fire is extinguished. The site is under control.” 

The Berliner Zeitung, a daily newspaper based in the German capital, provided more information about the incident, saying the fire broke out around 8.15pm local time in a hut where pictures were being painted. 

The market was shut down early on Tuesday by emergency services dealing with the fire, but is due to reopen to the public on Wednesday.

Local police have now launched a probe to determine what caused the fire.    

The Christmas Market on Alexanderplatz offers a mix of market stalls, funfair and a party venue and is considered one of the busiest in Berlin. 

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    Among the dozens of stalls, visitors can find traditional crafts and Christmas decorations as well as jewellery and traditional wintry food and drinks. 

    The market is well beloved by locals and tourists alike, with one internet user describing it on the travel website Tripadvisor as “one of the hubs to be at around Christmas”.

    Another internet user wrote about the Christmas Market: “As it gets dark very early at the end of December, around 4pm one can already enjoy the lights and splendid Christmas atmosphere, hot wine, Christmas shopping etc. It’s very lively in the evenings and a pleasant place to be around Christmas.”