Published: Mon, April 15, 2019
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Paris' Notre Dame cathedral on fire

Paris' Notre Dame cathedral on fire

A fire has broken out at Paris's famous Notre Dame cathedral.

The cause of the fire is unclear at this time.

The cause has not yet been confirmed, but it may be "linked to renovation work," BBC reported.

A spokesman said the blaze was likely to bring the entire wooden frame of the cathedral down, and the vault of the edifice could be threatened too. "Please respect the security perimeter".

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People gathered in the streets to watch the horrifying scene unfold.

Others have also taken to Twitter to share their sadness at the destruction of the historical landmark.

The iconic building is one of the most well-known in the world. Hard to see how [to] tackle this. On Monday, YouTube's software mistakenly labeled the plumes of smoke in Paris as footage from 2001, triggering the panel below the video.

Notre Dame Cathedral has gone up in flames this evening in a roaring blaze that devastated the Parisian landmark, leaving the city, France, and the worldwide community distraught. The @ PompiersParis are trying to control the flames. We have mobilized to the scene, in close communication with the Paris Diocese. He tweeted, "Our Lady of Paris in flames. Like all our compatriots, I'm sad tonight to see this part of ourselves burn".

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And while viewers around the world watched the disaster unfold, President Donald Trump - for some reason - felt the need to chime in.

Built over a century starting in 1163, Notre-Dame is considered to be among the finest examples of French Gothic cathedral architecture. Perhaps flying water tankers could be used to put it out. "Must act quickly!" the president tweeted.

Sights of the flames stopped passers-by in their tracks along the Seine River that passes beneath the cathedral. The latter has now collapsed after being consumed by flames.

The spire, originally completed between 1220 and 1230 was removed in 1786 after becoming weak and twisted by 500 years of winds.

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