Published: Mon, April 15, 2019

'Significant fire' underway at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris

'Significant fire' underway at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris

Paris firefighters are trying to control the flames.

Notre Dame has caught fire, with the flames engulfing the upper part of the cathedral and causing the spire to collapse.

Pictures posted on social media showed enormous plumes of smoke billowing into the city's skyline as firefighters rushed to the historic site.

The French Gothic cathedral was constructed between 800 and 900 years ago mostly between 1160 and 1260.

Authorities said the fire could be linked to renovation work.

Smoke and flames could be seen from the top of the cathedral.

It is unclear whether anyone has been hurt.

The blaze then spread and enveloped a large portion of the roof.

French President, Emmanuel Macron, has cancelled a planned public address.

A cathedral spokesperson has claimed that the fire was first reported at 5:50 p.m. local time and the building was evacuated shortly thereafter.

Notre Dame is distinguished for its size, antiquity and architectural interest.

The cathedral dates back to the 12th century and is famous for its part in Victor Hugo's novel the Hunchback of Notre-Dame.

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