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Flames shoot from the roof of the Notre Dame Cathedral after it caught fire
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Flames shoot from the roof of the Notre Dame Cathedral after it caught fire

Fire breaks out at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris


ABC News & The Associated Press - April 14, 2019

PARIS, France - A fire broke out at the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, one of the city's most iconic sights.

The fire began at 6:50 p.m. local time Monday, the Paris fire department said.

Images on social media showed smoke and flames shooting from the top of Notre Dame as massive plumes of smoke billow into the sky above.

The soaring spire of the Cathedral collapsed in flames, and a church spokesman says the entire wooden interior of the 12th century landmark is burning and likely to be destroyed.

Notre Dame spokesman Andre Finot told French media: "Everything is burning, nothing will remain from the frame."

The cathedral is home to incalculable works of art and is one of the world's most famous tourist attractions.

The cause of the blaze isn't yet known, but scaffolding could be seen on the roof of the burning structure. The spire was undergoing renovation. The fire may be connected to the recent restoration of the church, officials said.

The cathedral was built around 1260 AD and towered over the city of Paris for centuries.

Monday is the start of Holy Week, the busiest and most important period of the liturgical year.

This is a breaking news story. Please check back for updates.

ABC News' Kirit Radia contributed to this report.



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