Breaking News: Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on fire – Video streaming
A fire broke out at the iconic Notre Dame Cathedral in the heart of Paris Monday evening. French President Emmanuel Macron has arrived at the historic Notre Dame cathedral, where a fire rages on. He was accompanied by Mayor Anne Hidalgo, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe and first lady Brigitte Macron, as well as the Paris prosecutor. Here is what we know so far, and LIVE streaming News with the most recent updates
A fire broke out at the iconic Notre Dame Cathedral in the heart of Paris Monday evening.
Here’s what we know about the blaze:
The spire was destroyed: Large parts of the roof already appear to have been burned, CNN’s Melissa Bell, who is in Paris, reported. The spire also collapsed during the fire.
Firefighters tackled large flames: At least seven firetrucks were trying to tackle the flames, she said. The smell of smoke was emanating through the air and embers were falling from the sky.
Cause unknown: The cause of the fire is still unclear.Police kept people away: Police urged everyone to avoid the area, and emergency services pushed people away from the scene.
French President Emmanuel Macron postponed a planned speech tonight because of the ongoing fire at Notre Dame cathedral, a Élysée Palace spokesperson said. He has since then arrived at the cathedral.
About the cathedral: Built in the 13th century, the medieval cathedral is considered a feat of architecture as much as a religious symbol. It is one of Paris’ most popular attractions, drawing an estimated 13 million visitors a year.
Video: You can see how huge the flames grew on CNN’s channel.
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