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Massive fire breaks out in Notre Dame cathedral in Paris

Massive fire breaks out in Notre Dame cathedral in Paris

A fire broke out at the historic Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, France Monday.

Flames are shooting out of the roof behind the nave of the cathedral, among the most visited landmarks in the world.

Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo tweeted that they are in the midst of a awful fire at the cathedral, and that Paris firefighters are trying to control the flames.

The fire department said a major operation was underway.

Fox News said the fire is suspected to have broken out as a result of renovation work.

Video circulating on Twitter showed flames leaping through the roof and dark smoke billowing into the sky.

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It started in the attic of the medieval building around 5.50pm local time and an evacuation took place, local media report.

Some scaffolds can indeed be seen close to the flames leaping out near the cathedral's spire.

It's unclear if anyone has been hurt in the fire.

French President, Emmanuel Macron, has cancelled a planned public address.

The cathedral, which dates back to the 12th century, was made famous for featuring in Victor Hugo's novel "The Hunchback of Notre-Dame".


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