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Massive fire devastates Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris


Paris, Apr 16 (Reuters): Notre-Dame Cathedral went up in flames on Monday in a roaring blaze that devastated the Parisian landmark, one of France’s most visited places.

Flames burst through the roof of the centuries-old cathedral and quickly engulfed the spire, which collapsed.

A huge plume of smoke wafted across the city and ash fell over a large area.

“Everything is collapsing,” a police officer near the scene said as the entire roof of the cathedral continued to burn.

Firefighters cleared the area around the cathedral, which marks the very centre of Paris. Buildings around were evacuated.


President Emmanuel Macron cancelled an address to the nation that he had been due to give later on Monday evening. A presidential official said Macron was to go to the scene of the blaze.

“A terrible fire is under way at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris,” Mayor Anne Hidalgo said on Twitter.

France 2 television reported that police were treating the incident as an accident.

The cathedral, which dates back to the 12th century, features in Victor Hugo’s classic novel “The Hunchback of Notre-Dame”. It attracts millions of tourists every year.

Notre-Dame was in the midst of renovations, with some sections under scaffolding and bronze statues were removed last week for works.

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  • Santan Mascarenhas, Kinnigoli/Mumbai

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    I had visited this Notre-Dame (Our Lady or Our Mother in English) Cathedral some years back and it is extremely beautiful church. Throughout the day, it was crowded with visitors an d tourists. For tourists, it is as important as Cologne Cathedral (Germany) St Peter's Basilica and Pope's Sistine chapel in Vatican. Very very sad to hear the news.

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  • DON, Udupi

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    Buildings are temporary but faith is permanent.

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  • madhava kalyani, mangaluru

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    History repeats. This is the third major fire disastor in this cathedral,if. I am i right. Something wrong with the vaastu.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    We have lost a part of History but we are glad 'The Crown of Thorns, said to have been worn by Jesus Christ before the crucifixion, and the tunic of St. Louis were both saved' ...

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  • HENRY MISQUITH, Bahrain

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    How sad to see this happening, I've never been there, but I felt like it was such a beautiful cathedral and so well known that every catholic was familiar with it and felt like it was their church. What a huge loss for France and the entire world! Symbolic end of France.

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  • Jacob Mendonsa, Melbourne -Australia

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    Hi Henry We were lucky to visit this beautiful Notre-Dam Cathedral in France a few years back

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