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BREAKING: Fire breaks out at Notre Dame cathedral

Written by on April 15, 2019

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Article Written & Published By: Sky News

Fire breaks out at world famous Notre Dame cathedral

Notre Dame cathedral is on fire. Pic: Twitter/ Shiv Malik

A fire has broken out at the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris.

Plumes of smoke poured from one of the historic landmark’s steeples, as flames leapt out besides its two bell towers, according to a witness.

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

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It was not immediately clear what caused the fire.

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

The cathedral dates back to the 12th century and is famous for featuring 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, while bronze statues were removed last week for works.


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