Paris' Iconic Notre Dame Cathedral Experiences Massive Fire
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Published on Apr 15, 2019
THE RUNDOWN | Paris' most iconic cathedral and one of its historic landmarks, the Notre Dame, caught fire and has suffered serious damage. Could it be terrorism or a cause of the renovations? Our Christian Malard reports.
A huge fire swept through the roof of the famed Notre-Dame Cathedral in central Paris on Monday evening, sending flames and huge clouds of grey smoke billowing into the sky.
The gothic cathedral is a landmark in the city's center, a beloved icon for locals and a deeply valued symbol of the Catholic faith.
'Like all our countrymen, I'm sad tonight to see this part of all of us burn,' French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted upon seeing the structure ablaze, expressing solidarity with 'all Catholics and all French people.'
Macron, who cancelled a major policy speech to follow events, was on his way to the scene.
The flames and smoke plumed from the spire and roof of the structure, visited by millions of people a year, where renovations are currently underway.
Fire trucks could be seen speeding through Paris towards the scene on the Ile de la Cite — an island in the Seine at the heart of Paris.
The Paris police department in a tweet called on residents to avoid the area and to 'make way for rescue vehicles'.
Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo in a tweet described it as a 'terrible fire'.
'The Paris fire service is trying to control the flames,' she wrote on Twitter, asking residents to respect the security cordon thrown up around the site.