The ICONIC Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral is on fire!

Seen from across the Seine River, smoke and flames rise during a fire at the landmark Notre-Dame Cathedral in central Paris on April 15, 2019, potentially involving renovation works...

Seen from across the Seine River, smoke and flames rise during a fire at the landmark Notre-Dame Cathedral in central Paris on April 15, 2019, potentially involving renovation works being carried out at the site, the fire service said.
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  • A massive fire engulfed Paris’ famed Notre Dame Cathedral on Monday, as the city’s mayor and firefighters warned people to stay away from the area.
  • It was not immediately clear what had caused the fire, while local media reported that police in the city were treating it as an accident.
  • In a tweet the mayor of Paris confirmed the fire and called for called for people to remain away from the scene.
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Firefighters are considering Notre Dame Cathedral fire an accident

The roof of Paris’ famed Notre Dame Cathedral collapsed Monday as a massive fire ripped through the structure.

The city’s mayor and firefighters warned people to stay away from the area. There have been no confirmed deaths, according to Paris police, while an official said no injuries had yet been reported.

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It was not immediately clear what had caused the fire, while local media reported that police in the city were treating it as an accident.

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The cathedral, which dates back to the 12th century and is famous for featuring in Victor Hugo’s classic novel “The Hunchback of Notre-Dame,” attracts millions of tourists every year.

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: ‘The roof has entirely collapsed, there are flames coming out the back of the cathedral as if it was a torch’@charli, Journalist at France 24, at the scene of the fire.

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President Emmanuel Macron will be going to the scene of the fire, according to an Elysee official. Emmanuel Macron mourned the landmark in a tweet.

Emmanuel Macron

@EmmanuelMacron

Notre-Dame de Paris en proie aux flammes. Émotion de toute une nation. Pensée pour tous les catholiques et pour tous les Français. Comme tous nos compatriotes, je suis triste ce soir de voir brûler cette part de nous.

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He also cancelled an address to the nation that he had been due to give later on Monday evening.

A major operation was under way, the fire department said, while a city hall spokesman said on Twitter that the area was being cleared.

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Smoke and flames rise during a fire at the landmark Notre-Dame Cathedral in central Paris on April 15, 2019, potentially involving renovation works being carried out at the site, the fire service said.
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President Donald Trump, meanwhile, addressed the fire in a tweet early Monday afternoon.

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So horrible to watch the massive fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Perhaps flying water tankers could be used to put it out. Must act quickly!

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is on fire in a serious way.

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Notre-Dame was in the midst of renovations, with some sections under scaffolding, while bronze statues were removed last week for works.

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Smokes ascends as flames rise during a fire at the landmark Notre-Dame Cathedral in central Paris on April 15, 2019 afternoon, potentially involving renovation works being carried out at the site, the fire service said.
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In a tweet the mayor of Paris confirmed the fire and called for people to remain away from the scene.

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Anne Hidalgo

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Un terrible incendie est en cours à la cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris. Les @PompiersParis sont en train de tenter de maîtriser les flammes. Nous sommes mobilisés sur place en lien étroit avec le @dioceseParis. J’invite chacune et chacun à respecter le périmètre de sécurité.

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This story is developing. Please check back for updates.

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