Paris' Notre Dame cathedral on fire

Nellie Chapman
April 15, 2019

A cathedral spokesperson said the fire was first reported at 5.50pm GMT and the building was evacuated. The cathedral was undergoing repairs, as its roof and spire were in scaffolding. Construction workers had removed numerous bronze statues inside the church before the fire for renovation, which included work on the now-destroyed spire.

A cathedral spokesman has said the entire wooden interior of the Notre Dame is burning and likely to be destroyed. "Please respect the security perimeter". Some construction company is about to go out of business for one of the most historic tragedies. It is one of the largest religious buildings in the world. "It's getting worse. But the fire brigade has turned up".

A huge fire appears to have broken out in Paris' Notre Dame, the world-famous, 850-year-old cathedral on Monday. The @PompiersParis [are] trying to control the flames. We are mobilized locally in close connection with church authorities.

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"There are a lot of art works's a real tragedy", Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo told reporters at the scene. He tweeted, "Our Lady of Paris in flames". The emotion of a whole nation. Out thoughts with all Catholics and French people. He has reportedly canceled a speech tonight and is on his way to the scene.

Flames burn the roof of the landmark Notre-Dame Cathedral in central Paris on April 15, 2019. "Must act quickly!" Trump wrote on Twitter. The Catholic church is a major tourist attraction on the Ile de la Cite, a natural island in the Seine River in the Fourth Arrondissement. It has been modified on numerous occasions throughout the centuries since.

It is renowned for its rib vaulting, flying buttresses and stunning stained glass windows, as well as its many carved stone gargoyles.

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