Huge fire underway at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris

A “significant fire” broke out at the iconic Notre Dame Cathedral in central Paris at 7 pm local time, according to the national police.Smoke could be seen billowing out from the top of the medieval cathedral, as flames leapt out beside its two bell towers.French fire services said they are “not sure” if the fire can be stopped, according to AFP.Both the spire and roof of the cathedral have now collapsed.Footage from the scene showed flames inside one of the building’s two towers.Thousands of Parisians have watched in horror from behind police cordons as a ferocious blaze devastated the landmark Notre Dame Cathedral, destroying its spire and spreading to the historic bell towers.
Firefighters battled to contain the fire, which began at 5.50pm local time (16.50 GMT) on Monday, with police saying it began accidentally and may be linked to building work at the cathedral. The 850-year-old gothic masterpiece had been undergoing restoration work to help it better withstand the tests of time.

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