Paris fire services fight to put out fires at Notre Dame Cathedral

Flames are seen during a fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris

According to The Telegraph, a cathedral spokesman has said the entire wooden interior of the Notre Dame is aflame and likely to be destroyed.

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

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

The Vatican "learned with shock and sadness the news of the bad fire which has devastated the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, a symbol of Christianity in France and the world", Vatican spokesman Alessandro Gisotti said in a statement. No cause has been determined but the fire may be related to recent renovations, officials say.

"It's been 800 years that the Cathedral watches over Paris", Pascal said.

Notre Dame Cathedral has gone up in flames this evening in a roaring blaze that devastated the Parisian landmark, leaving the city, France, and the global community distraught.

Notre Dame dates back to 1160 and defined the City of Paris for centuries. "Emotion of an entire nation".

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French President Emmanuel Macron also issued a statement as the building continued to burn.

It was not immediately clear what started that massive fire on the roof of the 12th century cathedral that toppled its spire and sent massive plumes of smoke into the air.

From thousands of miles away, President Trump predicted to a crowd gathered for a roundtable discussion Monday in Minnesota that the Notre Dame cathedral, now engulfed in flames, "looks like it is burning to the ground".

A major operation to tackle the blaze is under way at the 850-year-old Gothic building, but the cathedral's spire and roof have collapsed.

He said: "Perhaps flying water tankers could be used to put it out", adding: "Must act quickly!" I literally just visited Notre Dame two days ago. British Prime Minister Theresa May said her thoughts were with the French people and emergency services fighting the "terrible blaze".

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

The Notre-Dame cathedral, a popular tourist attraction is undergoing renovations after cracks began to appear in the stone, sparking fears the structure could become unstable.

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