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15 Apr  2019 1119

Fire devastates Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris

A massive fire started in the evening of April 15, in Paris devastated the Parisian landmark, - Rueters reports.

 

Flames burst through the roof of the centuries-old cathedral and engulfed the spire, which collapsed, quickly followed by the entire roof.

 “Like all our compatriots, I am sad this evening to see this part of all of us burn,” President Emmanuel Macron tweeted.

Firefighters tried to contain the blaze with water hoses and cleared the area around Notre-Dame, which sits on an island in the River Seine and marks the very centre of Paris. Witnesses said the whole island was being evacuated.

Nobody was injured, junior interior minister Laurent Nunez said at the scene, adding: “It’s too early to determine the causes of the fire.”

The Paris prosecutor’s office said it had launched an inquiry into the fire. France 2 television reported that police were treating it as an accident.

Macron, who cancelled an address to the nation that he had been due to give on Monday evening, went to the scene of the blaze.

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