Fire at Notre Dame Cathedral

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2:27 p.m. ET, April 15, 2019

Firefighters are trying to control "terrible" Notre Dame fire, Paris mayor says

The fire department is trying to control a “terrible fire” that’s broke out at Notre Dame cathedral, Mayor Anne Hidalgo said.

Hidalgo tweeted: 

“A terrible fire is underway at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. The fire brigade are trying to control the fire. We are mobilized locally in close connection with church authorities. I ask everyone to respect the security perimeter.”
Anne Hidalgo/Twitter
Anne Hidalgo/Twitter

2:38 p.m. ET, April 15, 2019

The cathedral was built in the 13th century and draws 13 million visitors a year

The medieval cathedral was completed in the 13th century and today, with its towers, spire, flying buttresses and stained glass, is considered a feat of architecture as much as a religious symbol.

It is one of Paris' most popular attractions, drawing an estimated 13 million visitors a year.

Today, it is in flames.

1:24 p.m. ET, April 15, 2019

Twitter photos show smoke billowing from Notre Dame's cathedral

Twitter users are sharing various angles of the fire at Notre Dame.

1:42 p.m. ET, April 15, 2019

There is a fire at the historic Notre Dame cathedral in Paris

Police in Paris say the Notre Dame cathedral is on fire.

In a tweet, police said: “Notre Dame Fire in progress. Avoid the area and facilitate the passage of emergency vehicles and intervention of the @prefpolice."