Paris' Notre Dame cathedral on fire

Paris' Notre Dame cathedral on fire

A Paris fire department spokesperson told Reuters that the area was being cleared and a large-scale operation was underway to address the blaze. "London stands in sorrow with Paris today, and in friendship always", London Mayor Sadiq Khan wrote on Twitter.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the archbishop of NY, said he was praying "to ask the intercession of Notre Dame, our Lady, for the Cathedral at the heart of Paris, and of civilization, now in flames!" He suggested the use of "flying water tankers" on the fragile 12th-century structure and warned France "must act quickly!"

France's Ministry of the Interior has reported that roughly 400 firefighters were responding to the Notre Dame fire. His great idea? "FIX" the problem, add "great features", and give it a new name.

"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". Paris's fire brigade said that the fire was potentially linked to the renovation of the building and is being treated as an accident.

The famous South Rose window of Notre Dame was created in 1260.

On Twitter, the mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, described the fire as "terrible".

"When we left, we had a whole group of your great representatives, and when we left the plane, it was burning at a level that you rarely see a fire burn".

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French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted: "Notre-Dame of Paris preyed by the flames".

Authorities have not yet released the cause of the fire or any further information as to how the fight to suppress the flames has progressed.

The president said his thoughts were with all Catholics and all French people.

Flames already have reached one of Notre Dame's towers and brought down the church spire that extended 96 meters high.

The peak of the church is undergoing a 6 million-euro ($6.8 million) renovation project.

The cathedral is one the finest example of French Gothic architecture in Europe, and one of the most visited buildings in the world. "God preserve this splendid house of prayer, and protect those battling the blaze".

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