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.
— Préfecture de police (@prefpolice) April 15, 2019
Translation: Notre-Dame deI 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:
— Madison Gesiotto (@madisongesiotto) April 15, 2019
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▪️The reason is unclear as the police has not shared any information yet pic.twitter.com/Y8TzhkWn0y
— EHA News (@eha_news) April 15, 2019
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