Fire breaks out at Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris
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Fire breaks out at Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris

A fire broke out at the landmark Notre-Dame Cathedral in central Paris on Monday afternoon, potentially involving renovation works being carried out at the site, the fire service said.

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The flames and smoke plumed from the spire and roof of the gothic cathedral, visited by millions of people a year, where renovations are currently underway.


Fire trucks could be seen speeding through Paris towards the scene on the Ile de la Cite -- an island in the Seine at the heart of Paris.


The Paris police department in a tweet called on residents to avoid the area and to "make way for rescue vehicles".


Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo in a tweet described it as a "terrible fire".


"The Paris fire service is trying to control the flames," she wrote on Twitter, asking residents to respect the security cordon thrown up around the site.

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