Massive Fire Breaks Out at Historic Notre Dame Cathedral of Paris

Massive Fire Breaks Out at Historic Notre Dame Cathedral of Paris April 15, 2019

One of the most famous Catholic Cathedrals in the world is on fire. Flames engulf Notre Dame Cathedral of Paris. Paris Police tweeted earlier today to announce the blaze. Images and videos of the blaze have been posted by individuals in Paris and are trending on Twitter.

Only a few hours ago, Paris Police tweeted that the Notre Dame Cathedral was on fire. Police requested that all individuals stay away from the area.

Translation: Notre-Dame de I fire in progress. Avoid the area and facilitate the passage of emergency and intervention vehicles .

Shortly after the tweet by police, images began filling twitter of the burning building.  According to police, the fire started around 6:30 pm Paris time. Notre Dame Cathedral had been undergoing renovations. Police confirmed to Reuters that the fire is an accident caused by the on-going construction at the building.

For nearly 1000 years the Cathedral has been a landmark in Paris, France. Construction on the Cathedral began in 1163 with final adornments added until 1350.

Over the Cathedral’s history, the building has gone through numerous renovations. Despite the improvements, the Cathedral has remained relatively intact. With the fire engulfing the entire building at this point, there may only be a skeleton that remains. Firefighters are working diligently to contain the fire.

Check out the photos:


Photo credit Twitter


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  • Martin Penwald

    I don’t know the English word for the pointy thing on top, but it has now collapsed. The roof is probably lost, but I doubt the structure will be too affected.

    I think a contractor is a little bit worried about their future.

  • MystiqueLady

    So sad to see a landmark of such artistic and engineering beauty being destroyed. I truly hope it was accidental, but apparently France has been having a big problem with groups of people vandalizing church architecture and art — “Last Sunday, the historic Church of St. Sulpice in Paris was set on fire just after midday mass …”

  • MystiqueLady

    Spire is the pointy thing, And the archy things along the sides are Flying Buttresses.

  • Martin Penwald

    I see that these fucking christians are blaming feminists for the damages. Hard to have any sympathy.

  • MystiqueLady

    No sympathy for who?

  • Martin Penwald

    For the catholics who cry persécution.

  • I hope damage will not be so extensive that it will be ruined forever. It’s truly a pity a work of art with so many centuries behind has ended up that way.

  • MystiqueLady

    Ah, ok.

  • WallofSleep

    I has a sad for the people of France. Today, they’re watching an 800 y/o piece of their history go up in flames.

  • Glandu

    I’m shared, honestly. Of course, my heart feels the loss of a giant I went to everytime family or friends from abroad were visiting us. At the same time, I cannot forget this was a symbol of oppression of the poor, torture, tyranny, source of countless sufferings. And the last point : it was also a huge source of touristic income. Many people’s daily life will be harder after the disaster. Not mine, I moved at the other side of the country recently. But many people I know will be directly affected.

  • Kit Hadley-Day

    this is a sad loss of a culturally and architecturally significant building, i hope they can restore it.

    While i have issues with the waste of man power used to build temples to non existent gods, there is no doubting the beauty and majesty that some of these buildings have, at least back then when they built a thing to glory a god it did that, and did not just look like another shopping center.

  • Callace

    Has the Vatican made a statement on this yet? Given that this was a RCC arch bishop seat, I’m expecting (or at least strongly advising) them to chip in for the reconstruction

  • igotbanned999

    I heard a bunch of people blaming Muslims.

  • persephone

    The spire was replaced in the 19th century, so it’s not the original. The cathedral has had much of it renovated and rebuilt. The great loss was the ceiling, which was created from massive oak trees, which were already disappearing at the time it was built, and haven’t been seen in centuries. I’ve heard reports that the three rose windows are safe, though they will almost certainly need to be remounted.

  • persephone

    Hah! The Vatican paying for anything outside of Vatican City? Never, ever going to happen. They’ll appeal to their parishioners around the world, and even the poorest of the poor in the Philippines will give.

  • Callace

    Sadly enough, you’re probably right. It’s a tragedy all of its own 🙁