Massive Fire At Historic Notre Dame Cathedral In Paris

Massive Fire At Historic Notre Dame Cathedral In Paris

The cause of the fire had not yet been determined Monday afternoon.

Photos on social media show big clouds of grey smoke billowing from the building, which is more than 800 years old. The fire appears to be concentrated on the roof near the bell tower, where renovation work was underway.

The Cathedral's website has a section on framing which says the wooden frame was built between 1160 and 1240. Out thoughts with all Catholics and French people.

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo says firefighters are trying to contain a the "terrible fire".

People gathered in the streets to watch the horrifying scene unfold.

"We pray for them and all who are working to bring this fire under control and we will continue to offer our prayers up to them all this week". "Emotion of an entire nation".

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"Like all our compatriots, I am sad this evening to see this part of all of us burn", President Emmanuel Macron tweeted.

First lady Melania Trump, who did work in Paris during her modeling career, also tweeted about the fire.

He said: "Perhaps flying water tankers could be used to put it out", adding: "Must act quickly!" "It is one of Paris' most popular attractions, drawing an estimated 13 million visitors a year".

The cathedral, which dates back to the 12th century, features in Victor Hugo's classic novel "The Hunchback of Notre-Dame".

Hidalgo urged residents of the French capital to stay away from the security perimeter around the Gothic-style church. Building began in 1160 and was completed almost a hundred years later.

This story will be updated.

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