Paris: Massive fire breaks out at 12th century Notre Dame cathedral

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A massive fire engulfed the roof at the famed Notre Dame cathedral in Paris on Monday afternoon, collapsing the main spire in the blaze.

The intense flames leaped out from two of its bell towers minutes before the spire collapsed. A church spokesman told French media that all of Notre Dame cathedral’s frame is burning after the spire collapsed.

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Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo asked the residents to stay away from the area and let the security officials carry out the rescue operations.

“The Paris fire service is trying to control the flames,” she said on Twitter, describing it a “terrible fire”.

Meanwhile, France President Emmanuel Macron expressed grief over the incident and said, “like all our fellow citizens, I’m sad tonight to see this part of us burn”. He also cancelled his plan to address the nation following the incident.

“Notre Dame of Paris in flames. Emotion for 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,” Macron tweeted.

Reportedly, precious artwork held within the Notre Dame Cathedral is being evacuated.

Speaking to reporters here, Laurent Nunez, the French Secretary to the Interior Minister said that both of the cathedral’s towers are safe as the “fire is now weaker.”

US President Donald Trump also expressed his concern over the massive fire and tweeted, “So horrible to watch the massive fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Perhaps flying water tankers could be used to put it out. Must act quickly!”

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