A fire in the famous Notre Dame cathedral in Paris has dismayed the city and many people around the world yesterday lamenting the great damage caused by the fire in the heritage building, built between 1163 and 1345.
— El HuffPost (@ElHuffPost) April 15, 2019
It started around 7 pm local time, and it has not been controlled yet. Flames and black smoke were seen coming from the medieval church, which is in the process of being renovated.
— Gerardo Llanos (@nachosconcarne) April 15, 2019
The local press quoted the Paris fire department as saying the fire was “potentially linked” to the renovation work.
El expresidente de #Francia, François Hollande (@fhollande) sobre el incendio en #NotreDame que se registra en estos instantes: "Es nuestra herencia común, es una herida verla devastada por las llamas. Homenaje a los bomberos que trabajan para extinguir el fuego" pic.twitter.com/NNTp6hWevS
— teleSUR TV (@teleSURtv) April 15, 2019
The police have cordoned off the area and are evacuating the many tourists who were inside the cathedral.
The images published online and on local TV show flames in the upper part of the cathedral, in both bell towers.
The fire, still uncontrolled, affects above all the upper part of the cathedral in an area where the scaffolding of the restoration works can be seen.