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Summary

  1. A major fire breaks out at Notre-Dame cathedral in central Paris on Monday, threatening a jewel of world heritage
  2. A pall of smoke is cast across the French capital by the roaring blaze at one of Europe's most visited attractions
  3. The main spire of the Gothic cathedral, dating back to the 12th Century, collapses as flames burst through the roof
  4. President Macron cancels major TV address to go to the scene

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

  1. 'Invaluable heritage' destroyed

    Flames and smoke are seen billowing from the roof of Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris

    France 24 is reporting that French historian Camille Pascal has told a local news station that the fire is destroying "invaluable heritage".

    "It's been 800 years that the cathedral watches over Paris", Mr Pascal said, adding: "Happy and unfortunate events for centuries have been marked by the bells of Notre-Dame."

  2. Notre Dame University - 'Not us'

    The University of Notre Dame in the US state of Indiana has tweeted that the fire is burning thousands of miles from their campus.

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  3. Area around cathedral cleared

    The vicinity surrounding Notre-Dame cathedral, which is one of Europe's most visited attractions, has been cleared by emergency services.

    The building is in central Paris.

    Map shows the location of Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris, France
  4. Recent renovations

    In this photo from June 2018, workers are seen repairing the wooden roof
    Image caption: In this photo from June 2018, workers are seen repairing the wooden roof
    Workers have been removing statues for repairs in recent days
    Image caption: Workers have been removing statues for repairs in recent days
    Officials had launched an appeal for funds to repair crumbling parts of the church
    Image caption: Officials had launched an appeal for funds to repair crumbling parts of the church
    Restored angel statues that were returned to the roof last week
    Image caption: Restored angel statues were returned to the roof last week
  5. 'Everything is burning'

    A Notre-Dame spokesman, Andre Finot, says the cathedral's wooden interior is likely to be completely destroyed by the fire.

    "Everything is burning, nothing will remain from the frame," he told French media.

    Smoke billows as fire engulfs the spire of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris
  6. Facts about Notre-Dame

    • The church receives almost 13m visitors each year, more than the Eiffel Tower
    • Built in the 12th and 13th Centuries and currently undergoing major renovations
    • Last week, several statues of the facade of the Catholic cathedral were removed for renovation
    • The roof, which appears to have been heavily damaged by the blaze, is made mostly of wood
  7. No injuries reported

    A major operation is under way to tackle the blaze, the cause of which is not immediately clear. No injuries have been reported.

    An area surrounding the building in central Paris has been cleared.

    It comes as the cathedral, which is visited by millions of people every year, is undergoing renovations after cracks began to appear in the stone, sparking fears the structure could become unstable.

    Last year, the Catholic Church in France launched an urgent appeal for funds to save the building.

  8. Firefighters struggle to contain blaze

    the flames
    efforts to spray water on the flames
  9. Trump suggests 'flying water tankers'

    US President Donald Trump has also tweeted, suggesting that "perhaps flying water tankers" could be used to extinguish the flames.

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  10. The spire has collapsed

    The spire collapsing
    The cathedral burning
    Image caption: The famous cathedral sits along the River Seine
    The cathedral burning
  11. Macron shares sadness with nation

    French President Emmanuel Macron has cancelled an address to the nation, which was due to begin later today.

    He said in a tweet that he was "sad" for all of France.

    Mr Macron will now be visiting the scene, an Élysée Palace official says.

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  12. Flames lick Paris skyline

    The burning church as water cannons try to extinguish it
    Image caption: Officials are using water hoses to try to extinguish the flames, but much of the fire is out of their reach
    Onlookers watching the fire burn
    The spire on fire
  13. Footage of the blaze

    A massive operation is under way with fire crews at the scene in central Paris.

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    Video caption: Notre Dame fire: Flames have broken out at the cathedral in Paris
  14. Paris mayor describes 'terrible fire'

    The mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, described it as a "terrible fire" and has urged people in the area to respect the boundaries set up by fire crews in order to ensure that they remain safe.

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  15. Cathedral in flames

    A fire is spreading rapidly through the famous Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris. Flames are bursting through the roof of the 850-year-old Gothic building, engulfing the spire, which has now collapsed.

    Images showed plumes of smoke billowing from the cathedral and wafting across the French capital.

    Smoke billows as flames destroy the roof of the landmark Notre-Dame Cathedral in central Paris
    Smoke billows as flames destroy the roof of the landmark Notre-Dame Cathedral in central Paris