Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris Is on Fire
The Notre Dame Cathedral, one of the most beautiful and famous examples of French Gothic architecture, caught fire.
Smoke billowing from Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France. pic.twitter.com/mvx4jN19fH— David Almacy (@almacy) April 15, 2019
Even though nothing has been reported from official authorities, several people have uploaded photos and videos to Twitter showing a thick wall of smoke and some flames coming out of the cathedral.
Notre Dame, Paris, is on fire and it feels like the end of the world. pic.twitter.com/qYYk7ewipq— Shiv Malik (@shivmalik) April 15, 2019
The fire might be linked to a $6.8 million renovation project that was being carried out at the temple. As Reuters reported, some sections were under scaffolding. Apart from that, several bronze statues were removed last week.
President Donald Trump tweeted about the tragic event, saying that it was "horrible to watch" and suggesting flying water tankers as a possible way to put the fire out.
#NotreDame: 'The roof has entirely collapsed, there are flames coming out the back of the cathedral as if it was a torch'@charli, Journalist at France 24, at the scene of the fire. pic.twitter.com/2B0IrMiDcL— FRANCE 24 English (@France24_en) April 15, 2019
Firefighters are already at the place trying to control the situation. At least seven firetrucks are present at the scene trying to tackle the fire.
Notre Dame's spire has collapsed in the fire. https://t.co/ZlYyLU3pGF— Breaking News (@BreakingNews) April 15, 2019
A journalist at France 24 said that the roof "has entirely collapsed" and that flames were coming out the back of the cathedral, comparing it with a "torch." Despite the authorities' efforts, the famous temple's spire collapsed in flames.
Un terrible incendie est en cours à la cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris. Les @PompiersParis sont en train de tenter de maîtriser les flammes. Nous sommes mobilisés sur place en lien étroit avec le @dioceseParis. J'invite chacune et chacun à respecter le périmètre de sécurité. pic.twitter.com/9X0tGtlgba— Anne Hidalgo (@Anne_Hidalgo) April 15, 2019
Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo took to Twitter to report the fire, too.
“A terrible fire is underway at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. The fire brigade are trying to control the fire. We are mobilized locally in close connection with church authorities. I ask everyone to respect the security perimeter.”
Christophe Castaner, the Interior Minister of France, explained in a tweet that they were taking "exceptional measures" to try to save the temple, which he labeled as the heart of Paris.
In a tweet, police said: “Notre Dame Fire in progress. Avoid the area and facilitate the passage of emergency vehicles and intervention of the @prefpolice."
So far, no injuries have been reported.