Paris’s Notre Dame Cathedral is on fire

Cheryl Sanders
April 15, 2019

Notre Dame, the 856-year-old iconic cathedral in the heart of Paris, caught fire on Monday, multiple news outlets reported.

"This is so much history going up in flames".

Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo tweeted that they are in the midst of a bad fire at the cathedral, and that Paris firefighters are trying to control the flames.

A major operation is under way to tackle the blaze, which broke out on Monday afternoon.

Dramatic pictures and videos shared on social media show smoke and flames rising from the landmark in France's capital as huge crowds gather.

Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo labelled the fire "terrible" despite the extent of the damage being unclear at this stage.

French President, Emmanuel Macron, has cancelled a planned public address.

The fire started around 6 p.m. and there is threat of collapse, the French media is reporting.

Notre Dame is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Paris, drawing an estimated 12 million people each year, according to Paris Digest.

The gem of Gothic architecture was being built from 13th to 15th century. Perhaps flying water tankers could be used to put it out.

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