Notre Dame fire – Massive blaze sees flames and thick smoke billow from Paris cathedral

Notre Dame fire – Massive blaze sees flames and thick smoke billow from Paris cathedral

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A MASSIVE fire has erupted at the 850-year-old Notre Dame cathedral in Paris this evening.

Video footage posted on social media shows a blaze raging and thick, black smoke billowing from the top of the famous Parisian landmark.

It is still unclear what caused the huge fire which broke out at around 7pm local time today.

A major operation was under way, the fire department added, while a city hall spokesman said on Twitter that the area was being cleared.

“An evacuation is in progress,” said a police officer at the scene. “People are being advised to clear the area.”

Panicked locals have expressed their concern for the medieval cathedral on Twitter.

One witness wrote: “It’s getting worse. But the fire brigade has turned up. Hard to see how the tackle this. The plume of smoke is already 100s of feet long.”

The legendary cathedral is one the finest example of French Gothic architecture in Europe and one of the most visited buildings in the world.

Notre Dame – which means ‘Our Lady’ – was build in 1160 and completed by 1260, and has been modified on a number of occasions throughout the century.

It is the cathedral of the Archdiocese of Paris and is visited by some 12 million people every year.

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31 thoughts on “Notre Dame fire – Massive blaze sees flames and thick smoke billow from Paris cathedral”

  1. I NO ITS SAD>>>>> BUT ITS MORE SAD THAT THEY CAN FIND 100 S OF MILLIONS OF POUNDS TO FIX THIS BUT THEY CAN NOT FIND 100 S OF MILLIONS TO LOOK AFTER THE POOR THE HOMELESS and people dying everyday .Just goes to show they think more about a building than they do people so sad ,people with millions that do not no what its like to try survive and live in the cold and no food and on benifits >>>come on wake up this is the 21 century not the middle ages>>the rich get richer the poor ????can not get anything and that is why their dying

  2. Set by Macron to try to take the focus away from the Yellow Vests, funny how all the artefacts and relics had just been removed recently and that the fire didn't start until the public had left. Macron trying to pull the people of France together by using the fire as a French symbol of hope to reunite the government and the people.

  3. As all over facebook on the streets of Paris Muslims are celebrating and laughing at the collapse of Notre Dame. This is indeed a symbol of the Islamic takeover of France

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