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A Massive Fire Reported At Notre Dame Cathedral In Paris

Clark Sparky 15 Apr 2019

The iconic cathedral in Paris is burning uncontrollably.

Massive Fire

Shortly after 7 p.m. Paris time, flames and smoke began coming from Notre Dame cathedral. What started as a seemingly small fire has grown into a massive blaze.

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Growing Rapidly

As of roughly 8 p.m. Paris time, the fire was burning uncontrollably with firefighters being unable to reach the fire. It is burning unobstructed and continues to grow.

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Fire Boats

Fire boats are reportedly attempting to reach the cathedral, but so far have been unsuccessful.

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Paris Mayor Calls It 'Terrible Fire'

The Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, tweeted: "A terrible fire is underway at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Paris firefighters are trying to control the flames. We have mobilized to the scene, in close communication with the Paris Diocese. I urge everyone to respect the security perimeter."

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Spire Falls

The spire atop the cathedral has now fallen and been destroyed by the fire.

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All Over The City

Onlookers from across the city have captured the sad moment the iconic spire of the cathedral fell into a flaming bout.

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Close Up

This shot shows just how devastating the fire truly is, as the spire crashes down into a bellowing heap of smoke.

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Huge Crowds

Huge crowds have gathered near Notre Dame to observe the horror. Police are reportedly attempting to clear the area as pieces of the building could begin falling below.

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Donald Trump Weighs In

Of course, Donald Trump has weighed in on Twitter and with a super helpful idea.

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President Of France Tweets Support

His tweet reads, "Notre-Dame of Paris in flames. Emotion of a whole nation. Thoughts for all Catholics and for all French. Like all our compatriots, I am sad tonight to see this part of us burn."

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Firefighters Are On Scene

Firefighters are now attempting to suppress the flames, but the fire remains very large and out of hand at this point.

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Supporting The Heroes

Many have voiced their support for the firefighters as they continue to attempt to ease the ferocious flames.

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Remembering Notre Dame

People who have visited the historical site are now sharing their fond memories of the cathedral as a tribute to the iconic building.

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Recent Memories

Those who have visited the site as recently as a few weeks ago show the contrasting difference between the current situation unfolding.

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The Main Bell Towers Were Saved

The fire caused a devastating amount of damage, collapsing the roof and causing the main spire to fall. However, there is a bit of silver lining: the main structure, including the iconic bell towers, were saved from the blaze.

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Artistic Preservation

Not only was the outer structure saved, but much of the priceless art inside, including the Crown of Thorns, was saved from the blaze.

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Still Developing

This story is continuing to develop and we will update this story as more news is made available. There's no word on the cause or if anyone inside the building has been injured.

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