- CNN reported that the fire at the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris is too high for firefighters to reach by boat or truck.
- The fire broke out at about 6:50 p.m. local time on Monday and the cathedral’s spire collapsed about an hour later.
- It remains unclear how the fire started, but police said it could be “potentially linked” the renovations in the building.
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The fire broke out at about 6:50 p.m. local time and within the hour, the iconic cathedral’s spire, which climbed to a height of 295 feet, had collapsed due to flames.
A church spokesman told French media that after the building’s spire collapsed the cathedral’s frame caught on fire.
Due to the height of the building, firefighters were having trouble putting out flames. Some firefighters were having difficulty getting to the scene of the blaze because of the rush-hour traffic, CNN reported.
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Police have not reported any deaths and it’s unclear how the fires started. Social media users have shared photos of flames and smoke shooting from the cathedral’s roof.
The fire was “potentially linked” to renovations in the building, firefighters told Huffington Post France.
The cathedral was in the midst of a 6 million-euro ($6.8 million) renovation project on its spire, the Associated Press reported. That renovation was part of a larger $150 million euro ($169 million) restoration project. Just last week, more than a dozen statues were transported to the south of France for restoration work.
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Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo called the fire “terrible” in a tweet about the blaze. She said officials were working to control the flames and asked everyone to respect security blocking off the area.
The cathedral is one of Paris’s most famous monuments and has been standing for centuries. The medieval structure was completed in the 12th century and attracts more than 13 million visitors a year.
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