Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral on fire - firefighters

Renovations had been underway at the cathedral

A "significant fire" has broken out at Notre Dame Cathedral in central Paris, according to the national police.

Photos and videos on social media show the roof of the Gothic building covered in flames, issuing a plume of smoke above the city.

The fire service said the blaze could be "potentially linked" to ongoing renovations. "I urge everyone to respect the security perimeter".

Evening sky in Paris lights up bright orange as massive fire causes the spire of Notre Dame Cathedral to collapse.

Ed Llewellyn, Britain's ambassador to France described the images of the burning Cathedral as "heartbreaking" adding, "All our thoughts with the heroic firefighters as they battle this awful blaze". The cathedral, located on an island in the middle of the Seine River, has been under renovation, with scaffolding covering much of the roof.

French President Emmanuel Macron postponed a televised speech to the nation because of the stunning blaze and was going to the cathedral himself. We have mobilized to the scene, in close communication with the Paris Diocese.


Flames were seen coming from Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on the afternoon of April 15, 2019.

The President of the United States, Donald Trump, has also tweeted his concern.

He said: "Perhaps flying water tankers could be used to put it out", adding: "Must act quickly!"

"Our Lady of Paris in flames". The most-visited monument in Europe, with 13 million visitors a year, was preparing for huge crowds as Easter week begins.

This is a developing story. check back for more updates.

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