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Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral Is On Fire


Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral Is On Fire

A fire broke out at the historic Notre Dame Cathedral in central Paris on Monday afternoon, a spokesman from the fire department said.

Videos and images shared to social media showed a thick column of smoke billowing out from the top of the medieval cathedral built in 1163, as flames leaped out besides its two bell towers.

In a tweet, police said: “Notre Dame Fire in progress. Avoid the area and facilitate the passage of emergency vehicles and intervention of the @prefpolice.”

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

The mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, described it as a “terrible fire” and urged people at the scene to respect the boundaries set up by fire crews in order to ensure that they remain safe.

The 850-year-old Gothic building receives more than 12 million visitors each year, making it the most visited building in Paris.

The fire may have been sparked by restoration work that’s being done at the cathedral, reports TMZ.

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