Major fire breaks out at Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris

Flames and smoke are seen billowing from the roof at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris. Photograph:( AFP )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Apr 15, 2019, 10.53 PM (IST)

A fire broke out at the Notre-Dame cathedral on Monday afternoon in Central Paris, the fire service said.

Images posted on social media showed flames and huge clouds of smoke billowing above the roof of the gothic cathedral, the most visited historic monument in Europe.

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The flames and smoke could be seen coming out from the roof of the cathedral where renovations are currently are underway.

Fire trucks are on their way. Meanwhile, the Paris Police department had tweeted out to people to avoid that area and make way for the rescue team.

President Emmanuel Macron cancelled an address to the nation that he had been due to give later on Monday evening due to fire.

US President Donald Trump also tweeted about the fire saying, ''So horrible to watch the massive fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Perhaps flying water tankers could be used to put it out. Must act quickly!''

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Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo in a tweet described it as a "terrible fire".

"The Paris fire service is trying to control the flames," she wrote on Twitter, asking residents to respect the security cordon thrown up around the site.

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The flames and smoke could be seen coming out from the roof of the cathedral where renovations are currently are underway.