Fire breaks out at top of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris

Massive Fire At Historic Notre Dame Cathedral In Paris

Firefighters worked tirelessly to battle the inferno, but the fire is not contained at the time of publication; AFP reports that the fire is "partially connected" to a $6.8 million renovation project going on at the cathedral, and is being treated as an accident.

She said: "A bad fire is underway at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris".

The cathedral was evacuated when the fire alarm was activated around 6.30pm, according to André Finot, a spokesman for Notre Dame.

A fire has broken out at the famous Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris and has spread rapidly across the building. Out thoughts with all Catholics and French people.

The cause of the blaze was not known but a spokesman said the whole frame of the cathedral was burning.

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The United Nations' cultural agency said it "stood at France's side to save and restore" Notre Dame cathedral, "a priceless heritage".

Notre Dame has enjoyed a special place in literature and film as the subject of Victor Hugo's 1831 novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame, which was made into a popular animated movie by Disney in 1996.

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo says firefighters are trying to contain a "terrible fire" at the city's Notre Cathedral.

'Like all our compatriots, I am sad this evening to see this part of all of us burn, ' President Emmanuel Macron tweeted. And every year, some 12 million tourists pass through, hoping to get a glimpse of the walls that have seen so much.

"Fire commanders say they are often pressured to order planes and helicopters into action on major fires even when the aircraft won't do any good".

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The cathedral was immortalized in Victor Hugo's "The Hunchback of Notre Dame", published in 1831, and has always been a subject of fascination in popular culture as well as the traditional art world.

"Happy and unfortunate events for centuries have been marked by the bells of Notre Dame", Historian Camille Pascal told BFMTV, according to the BBC.

It was ransacked by rioting Protestant Huguenots in the 16th century, pillaged again during the French Revolution of the 1790s and left in a state of semi-neglect. Additional cleaning and restoration work was done in the 1960s and again in the 1990s.

The gothic cathedral - 850 years old - is the most visited historic monument in Europe. This image was taken in the interior of Notre Dame in Paris.

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