Fire breaks out at Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris

A fire broke out at the landmark Notre Dame Cathedral in central Paris potentially involving renovation works being carried out at the site the fire

U.S. President Donald Trump expressed horror on Monday at the fire engulfing the historic Notre Dame cathedral in Paris.

Fire crews in the French capital have said the blaze potentially involves renovation works which are being carried out at the site.

Shortly before, the spire of the cathedral was consumed by the flames as well. Hidalgo urged residents to stay away from the security perimeter around the Gothic-style church.

Nobody was injured, junior interior minister Laurent Nunez said at the scene, adding: "It's too early to determine the causes of the fire".

A spokesman said the entire wooden frame of the cathedral would likely come down, and that the vault of the edifice could be threatened too. Scaffolding on the facade of the building was engulfed in flames as it and the roof of the church started to collapse.

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In 2012, the Archbishop of Paris and the Diocese of Paris founded "The Friends of Notre Dame" to raise funds for the structural deterioration, with renovation and fix efforts ongoing. Witnesses told the network they had also seen parts of the cathedral's roof collapse.

Macron tweeted "emotion of a whole nation" on seeing Notre-Dame ablaze.

President Emmanuel Macron cancelled a major televised policy speech he was due to give on Monday evening. Perhaps flying water tankers could be used to put it out. It is one of Europe's most well-known landmarks.

Flames were seen coming from Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on the afternoon of April 15, 2019. "Devastating scenes from Paris - one of the world's most iconic buildings up in flames", another Twitter user posted.

This story will be updated.

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