Iconic Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris is on fire

Tabitha Dunn
April 16, 2019

The spire of the building collapsed in the flames, as smoke billowed from the cathedral.

'Everything is collapsing, ' a police officer near the scene said as the entire roof of the cathedral continued to burn.

The fire alarm was sounded at about 6:30 p.m. local time, a cathedral spokesman told told The New York Times. Perhaps flying water tankers could be used to put it out.

Police in Paris told the public to clear the area so emergency vehicles and firefighters could access the building in the heart of the capital. Paris's fire brigade said that the fire was potentially linked to the renovation of the building and is being treated as an accident. "Like all our compatriots, I am sad this evening to see this part of us burning".

"All around the world, all of us feel a certain sadness in our hearts at the thought of the people of Paris losing not only such an astonishing, most handsome cathedral in the world, but their cathedral", Thomas Cardinal Collins said. The cathedral is considered to be one of the world's finest examples of French Gothic architecture.

The deputy mayor of Paris says Notre Dame Cathedral has suffered "colossal damages" from a fire that started in the spire and caused it to collapse.

"On behalf of the State of Israel, I would like to express my deepest solidarity with France and the French nation over the bad fire at Notre Dame, a world symbol of civilization", he said.

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Construction on the original cathedral, located on the central island of Paris (Ile de la cite) began in 1163, and was largely completed by 1260.

"They think it was caused by, at this moment, they don't know, but they think it was caused by renovation".

President Emmanuel Macron postponed a televised speech to the nation because of the stunning blaze and was going to the cathedral himself.

It is the cathedral of the Archdiocese of Paris, and is visited by some 12million people every year.

Mayor Anne Hidalgo said in a Twitter message that firefighters are still trying to limit the blaze and urged Paris citizens to respect the security perimeter set yp around the cathedral.

The wood and lead spire was built during a restoration in the mid-19th century, according to the cathedral's website.

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