A fire has broken out in the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, one of the French capital’s most iconic landmarks, according to officials and eye witnesses. The cause for the blaze is still unconfirmed, but officials told the BBC it may be linked to the current renovations on 850-year-old church. The fire appears to have started in the spire of the cathedral, a Notre Dame spokesperson told The New York Times.
No injuries or fatalities have been reported yet at the time of writing. Officials say that “major operations” are underway to put out the fire and central Paris is being cleared, according to BBC. The cathedral has also been evacuated, per NYT.
ABC News reports that the fire began at around 6:50 p.m. local time (around 12:50 p.m. ET) on Monday. Photos and videos of the damage quickly spread on social media, showing tall flames and clouds of smoke emerging from the roof of the cathedral.
Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, tweeted about the “terrible fire” 1:21 p.m. ET, noting that firefighters are trying to quell the flames and that bystanders should respect the security perimeter, according to NYT.
This story is being updated.
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