A massive fire has broken out in one of Paris’ greatest architectural landmarks: Notre Dame Cathedral.
Details are still emerging but French news agency AFP confirmed that a fire is currently underway, citing a Parisian fire service.
Le Monde reported that the fire broke out in the attic of the historic monument before spreading to engulf a large section of the roof. A cathedral spokesperson has claimed that the fire was first reported at 5:50 p.m. local time and the building was evacuated shortly thereafter.
French President Emmanuel Macron has addressed this disaster via Twitter, saying: “Notre Dame engulfed in flames. Emotion of a whole nation. Thoughts for all Catholics and for all French. Like all our countrymen, I’m sad tonight to see this part of us burn.”
Notre-Dame de Paris en proie aux flammes. Émotion de toute une nation. Pensée pour tous les catholiques et pour tous les Français. Comme tous nos compatriotes, je suis triste ce soir de voir brûler cette part de nous.
— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) April 15, 2019
Reports are surfacing that the fire started by accident, in connection with construction work:
Fire at Paris’ Notre Dame cathedral was started by accident and is related to ongoing work, according to France 2, citing police. Either way it is terrible and a hideous blow to the symbolic heart of the city
— Luke Baker (@BakerLuke) April 15, 2019
UPDATE 5:20 p.m.: According to reports, the structure — and works of art — of the cathedral are expected to survive the blaze:
A reporter from Paris Match writes: “One bit of good news: All the works of art have been saved. The treasure of the cathedral is intact, the Crown of Thorns, the holy sacraments.” https://t.co/iWVHNUXOpY
— Hunter Walker (@hunterw) April 15, 2019
— AFP news agency (@AFP) April 15, 2019
Images and video of billowing smoke directly emanating from the cathedral have gone viral, several of which have been embedded below. Watch a Livestream of the fire at the bottom of this post.
— cristina casacuberta (@ccasacub) April 15, 2019
— Solveig Godeluck (@Solwii) April 15, 2019
DEVELOPING: Massive Fire Raging at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris
(Video via @LiamMTaylor)
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) April 15, 2019
Roommate just sent this of Notre Dame on fire in Paris woowwww pic.twitter.com/NEMs33AHYD
— Process Guy (@leistomania93) 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
This story is still developing and will be updated.
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