Thursday, 18 April, 2019

Massive Fire At Historic Notre Dame Cathedral In Paris

Paris' Notre Dame cathedral on fire Ablaze: Notre Dame Catherdal in Paris engulfed in fire
Jeannette Daniel | 15 April, 2019, 21:10

The fire department was fighting the flames, while the area near the cathedral was being cleared.

The church is undergoing a 6 million euro ($NZ10m) renovation project.

"This fire is nowhere under control - it's getting worse before our eyes", said CNN correspondent Melissa Bell.

A large fire has erupted at the famous Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris, officials and witnesses say.

Notre Dame - which means "Our Lady" - was built in 1160 and completed by 1260, and has been modified on a number of occasions throughout the century.

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Images taken by press photographers from the roof of the church just last week show the significant extent of the restoration work taking place on the almost 700-year old structure.

Flames are shooting out of the roof behind the nave of the 12th cathedral, one of the world's most visited landmarks.

The cathedral is 850 years old, and last year the Catholic Church launched an urgent appeal for funds to fix the building, which was showing serious signs of decay.

Mayor Anne Hidalgo said on Twitter: "A awful fire is underway at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris". Massive plumes of yellow brown smoke is filling the air above Notre Dame Cathedral and ash is falling on tourists and others around the island that marks the center of Paris. Perhaps flying water tankers could be used to put it out.

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