A major fire has broken out at the extraordinary Notre Dame Cathedral — one of the most visited landmarks in the world — in central Paris on Monday.
As tourists stood back and watched in shock and fear, firefighters continued to try to clear the area so that first responders and others could begin to tend to the damaged building.
It was not immediately clear what caused the flames, although the building — nearly 900 years old — had been undergoing renovations recently.
President Donald Trump tweeted this message about the fire on Monday:
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 15, 2019
Spire partially collapses during fire at Notre Dame Cathedral. Devastating. pic.twitter.com/xvi82M3XKh
— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) April 15, 2019
The mayor of Paris tweeted that they are in the midst of a terrible fire at the cathedral, and that Paris firefighters are trying to control the flames. https://t.co/Cjg1ezoRuq
— NPR (@NPR) April 15, 2019
Boats were going to be coming down the Seine River to help try to thwart the flames, Fox News reported.
“Seeing that spire come down will resonate — not only across France but across the world,” noted reporter Benjamin Hall on Fox News on Monday at about 2:05 p.m. Eastern.
Notre Dame, a medieval Catholic cathedral, is considered one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture in the world.
This is a breaking news story; stand by for updates.
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