Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral on fire - firefighters

Blanche Robertson
April 15, 2019

Notre-Dame Cathedral went up in flames on Monday in a roaring blaze that devastated the Parisian landmark, one of France's most visited places.

On Monday, footage captured a massive fire atop Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris's most famous building.

"The area around the 850-year-old cathedral is being cleared, a city hall spokesperson said on Twitter", according to the Independent.

"Everything is burning, nothing will remain from the frame", Notre Dame spokesman Andre Finot told French media.

President Donald Trump weighed in on the situation on Twitter, tweeting that it was "so terrible to watch the massive fire" and that officials "must act quickly!"

First Lady Melania Trump tweeted that her "heart breaks" for locals in Paris after the fire, adding that she's also "praying for everyone's safety".

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Flames burn the roof of the landmark Notre-Dame Cathedral in central Paris on April 15, 2019.

Authorities are investigating if renovation work on the cathedral's spire was a factor in starting or spreading the fire.

French newspaper Le Monde is reporting the blaze broke out in the attic space of the monument before engulfing a section of the roof. Paris's fire brigade said that the fire was potentially linked to the renovation of the building and is being treated as an accident.

President Emmanuel Macron cancelled a speech to the nation and was on his way to the scene. Hidalgo urged residents to stay away from the security perimeter around the Gothic-style church.

Massive plumes of yellow brown smoke is filling the air above Notre Dame Cathedral and ash is falling on tourists and others around the island that marks the center of Paris.

The cause of the fire is unclear at this time.

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