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Notre Dame Cathedral In Paris Engulfed In Flames

Tragically, the cathedral built in 1160 is on fire. Firefighters are battling the flames.
Notre Dame Cathedral In Paris Engulfed In Flames
Image from: Getty Images/Geoffroy Van Der Hasselt

UPDATE #3: 7:50 p.m. EST

It appears what was stone, and much of the interior of the cathedral was able to be saved. So have many of the treasures contained within. As evening fell, the thousands of observers in the streets sang "Ave Maria."

Simultaneously so utterly sad & yet so beautiful- that the people of Paris have moved out into the streets to show their respect & love as they gently sing watching the Notre Dame Cathedral engulfed in flames. πŸ’”

— Dr Lauren Gavaghan (@DancingTheMind)

🚨BREAKING: good news. French officials now say that the main structure of cathedral,
including its iconic towers, has been SAVED.πŸ™πŸΌ

— Dr. Dena Grayson (@DrDenaGrayson)

At least there is some good news from the

— Fili Camrix πŸ¦… (@FCamrix)

The bravery of firemen and the genius of vaulted ceilings saved Notre Dame. The stone probably prevented most of the fire from entering the interior. Only the outer timber could burn.

— Grace Frizzell (@gfrizzell4)

Inside Notre Dame today. It's not clear when this photo was taken (early, mid, or late fire).

— Tim Evanson (@TimintheCLE65)

UPDATE FROM : The structure of the monument is declared SAVED by firemen and people in the streets are cheering and singing "hip hip hourrah pour les pompiers!" (hip hip hurrah for the firemen)

— Alexander Durie (@alexander_durie)

UPDATE #2: 3:55 p.m. EST

French Interior Minister just announced that the 400 firefighters battling the flames may not be able to save the Cathedral, per MSNBC. Dropping water by plane would essentially bring about the collapse of the edifice.

UPDATE #1: 2:00 p.m. EST

The spire where the fire seems to have originated has collapsed into the church. The spire weighed 750 tons. The roof is nearly fully engulfed, and traveling rapidly towards the front of the Cathedral. French president Emanuel Macron has cancelled a planned televised speech tonight in order to be able to respond to the fire and ensuing emergency. MSNBC is reporting that the ceiling has caved in.

The moment ’s spire fell

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— Patrick Galey (@patrickgaley)


A massive fire has broken out in the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, France. The building has been completely evacuated, and firefighters are on the scene.

It is too early to report on casualties or injuries, though it seems everyone were safely able to escape. There were renovations happenings at the cathedral, and the scaffolding around the tallest spire caught fire. The roof is engulfed in flames.

This is a developing story.

A huge fire broke out at the Notre Dame cathedral in . Video via :

— Benjamin Alvarez (@BenjAlvarez1)

Smokes ascends as flames rise during a fire at the landmark Notre-Dame Cathedral in central Paris

— AFP news agency (@AFP)

Watch what happened at 31:19 in 's broadcast: Notre dame de Paris en flamme

— Michael Strassen (@strassen)

Notre-Dame de Paris about an hour ago this afternoon.

— Incunabula (@incunabula)


— Brin πŸ‡«πŸ‡· (@brinphilippe)

Let us all hope Yasher Ali is correct.

Notre Dame has been around for over 800 survived the French Revolution and while it will require massive renovations, it will survive this fire.

— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar)

UPDATE 2: 11:45 AM (Karoli) Mike Pence has issued a statement which I find wildly ironic given his silence after the burning of 3 Black churches in Louisiana.

Notre Dame is an iconic symbol of faith to people all over the world – and it is heartbreaking to see a house of God in flames. Our thoughts and prayers are with the firefighters on the scene and all the people of Paris.

— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP)

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