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Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral on fire - firefighters

Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral on fire - firefighters”

The historic Notre Dame Cathedral in central Paris was on fire Monday afternoon, police reported.

Flames are shooting out of the roof behind the nave of the cathedral, among the most visited landmarks in the world. Two hours after the fire began, the spire of the cathedral collapsed in flames.

On Twitter, Hidalgo said: "A awful fire is underway at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris".

One Twitter user claimed the building "has been on fire for about 20 mins now.and the fire department can not get close enough to fight it".

Photos and videos circulating on social media on Monday showed flames coming out of the Gothic cathedral, with smoke billowing from the roof.

A large fire has erupted at the famous Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris, officials and witnesses say.

The cause of the fire is unclear at this time.

French President Emmanuel Macron postponed a televised speech to the nation because of the stunning blaze.

Notre Dame attracts about 13 million visitors each year.

Notre Dame is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Paris, drawing an estimated 12 million people each year, according to Paris Digest.



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