A massive fire said to have started around 6:30 PM in Paris at the iconic Notre Dame Cathedral is raging through the roof. The spire has collapsed, but no injuries have been reported at this time.
Firefighters are trying to keep the blaze under control. Paris police are asking people to stay clear of the area, and tweeted: “Notre Dame Fire in progress. Avoid the area and facilitate the passage of emergency vehicles and intervention of the @prefpolice.”
— Préfecture de police (@prefpolice) 15 avril 2019
The fire is possibly linked to construction work underway at the site.
One of Paris’ most popular and recognizable landmarks, Notre Dame was completed in the 12th century and is considered to be both an architectural marvel and important religious symbol.