A major fire broke out late Monday afternoon at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris. According to firefighters, the fire could be “potentially linked” to the renovation of the building. Important means of intervention have been mobilized to try to circumscribe the incident.
On her Twitter account, the mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, deplores a “terrible fire” and invites people around to respect the perimeter of security.
Un terrible incendie est en cours à la cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris. Les @PompiersParis sont en train de tenter de maîtriser les flammes. Nous sommes mobilisés sur place en lien étroit avec le @dioceseParis. J'invite chacune et chacun à respecter le périmètre de sécurité. pic.twitter.com/9X0tGtlgba
— Anne Hidalgo (@Anne_Hidalgo) April 15, 2019
For its part, Mounir Mahjoubi, the candidate for mayor of Paris, called the fire “appalling”. Meantime, President Emmanuel Macron canceled a speech he was scheduled to hold the night of the incident, to visit the scene of the tragedy.
— franceinfo (@franceinfo) April 15, 2019
Images of the impressive fire that occurred in one of the most visited monuments in France have made the rounds on social networks. The cathedral’s spire fell. The Paris public prosecutor’s office opened a preliminary investigation, entrusted to the regional directorate of the judicial police, for “involuntary destruction by fire”.
The most visited historical monument in Europe, the Gothic cathedral has been a world heritage site since 1991. Between 12 and 14 million tourists visit each year this masterpiece of gothic architecture on the island of the city.
Notre Dame de Paris 😥 courage aux pompiers… pic.twitter.com/wnwDK6csaS
— Romain Pigenel (@Romain_Pigenel) April 15, 2019
— Na73sha (@na73sha) April 15, 2019