Fire has broken out at the world-famous medieval Notre Dame cathedral in Paris on Monday afternoon at around 6pm, firefighters say.
— Kaushik Ram (@KaushikRam) April 15, 2019
Fire and heavy smoke can be seen billowing from the 850-year old Gothic building, people have taken to social media posting videos of the fire.
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The cause of the fire is unknown at this time and a major operation is under way, officials have said the immediate areas has been cleared for safety precautions.
Anne Hidalgo, the mayor of Paris said it is a “terrible fire” and asked people to respect the boundaries in place by the fire service.
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. pic.twitter.com/9X0tGtlgba
— Anne Hidalgo (@Anne_Hidalgo) April 15, 2019
Emmanuel Macron the French president has cancelled a television speech planned for this evening after hearing the news of Notre Dame.
The iconic 12th century cathedral was having renovations being undertaken, pictures on social media show scaffolding surrounding parts of the building.
Social media shows that the roof has almost collapsed, and the spire towards the back of the cathedral has collasped into the roof.
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Meanwhile, President Donald Trump has tweeted suggesting that “perhaps flying water tankers could be used to put it out.”
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 15, 2019
The cathedral was forced to have renovations as cracks had appeared within the stone, creating fears the building could collapse started renovations.