Huge Fire Breaks Out At Notre Dame Cathedral
Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris in on fire, with Parisians taking to social media to share devastating photographs of the historic building engulfed in flames.
Smoke and fire can be seen billowing from the upper part of the iconic cathedral, which is the most visted monument in the city of Paris.
The fire appears to be substantial, with heartbroken witnesses describing ash falling from the religious building and flames rising from between the two bell towers.
The area surrounding the gothic cathedral is reportedly being cleared, according to a spokesperson from the police department.
Before the news breaks, the Notre Dame is on fire. pic.twitter.com/fhSNcznCG2
— Ashley (@AshhHuntington) April 15, 2019
Notre Dame, Paris, is on fire and it feels like the end of the world. pic.twitter.com/qYYk7ewipq
— Shiv Malik (@shivmalik) April 15, 2019
First deputy mayor of Paris, Emmanuel Grégoire, has tweeted:
Important fire underway at Notre Dame, we must stay away and evacuate the area and let the rescue intervene.
A tweet from the Parisian police read:
Our Lady of # Paris I Fire in progress. Avoid the area and facilitate the passage of emergency vehicles and intervention.
— Préfecture de police (@prefpolice) April 15, 2019
Notre Dame Cathedral has stood since 1260, having been modified in the centuries since. It has provided inspiration for writers such as Victor Hugo and is one of the most culturally significant and instantly recognisable buildings in the world.
The gravity of this situation is not yet understood. A spokesperson from the fire department has described the fire as having begun on the afternoon of April 15, and there is now a major operation under way.
Roommate just sent this of Notre Dame on fire in Paris woowwww pic.twitter.com/NEMs33AHYD
— Process Guy (@leistomania93) April 15, 2019
— Fraser Rush (@fraser_rush) April 15, 2019
PARIS' NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL ON FIRE – REUTERS WITNESS pic.twitter.com/fMdJhBE5El
— Alastair Williamson (@StockBoardAsset) April 15, 2019
There is no word as of yet as to what started the fire. It is understood that scaffolding was recently erected around the building, with renovation work having been underway.
Our thoughts are with the people of Paris as they watch flames leap from this beautiful and irreplaceable building.
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