Massive Fire At Notre Dame Cathedral In Paris Engulfs Historic Church IN Flames

Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris burst into flames on April 14, engulfing the historic building and raining ash down upon people on the streets below.

A massive fire overtook the 850-year-old Notre Dame Cathedral in France on April 14, bringing parts of the legendary building down in a rain of ash and flames. The fire is not contained at the time of publication; AFP reports that the fire is “partially connected” to a renovation project going on at the cathedral, and is being treated as an accident. Scaffolding on the facade of the building was engulfed in flames as it and the roof of the church started to collapse. One of its famed spires heartbreakingly burned down at 8:07pm local time, framed by a plume of brown smoke that shot up high into the air. 

People gathered in the streets (which were not evacuated) to watch the horrifying scene unfold. They were heard in videos on social media gasping and screaming as the first tower on the Gothic building fell. Last year, France’s Catholic Church pleaded for funds to save the centuries-old cathedral, which was starting to crumble. They feared that the cracks in the walls would become too much for the building to handle. The cathedral, located in the heart of Paris, welcomes roughly 13 million visitors every year. They were expecting upward of 1000 people next weekend for Easter Sunday. 

Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo tweeted,  “A terrible fire is underway at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris. The @ PompiersParis are trying to control the flames. We are mobilized on the spot in close connection with the @ dioceseParis. I invite everyone to respect the security perimeter… The fire department is working on controlling the flames. We are mobilized on site in close connection with the Diocese of Paris. Please respect the security perimeter.”

This story is still developing. HollywoodLife will keep you updated as more information becomes available.

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