Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral is on fire

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A massive fire engulfed Paris’ famed Notre Dame Cathedral on Monday, as the city’s mayor and firefighters warned people to stay away from the area. Reuters reported that the spire had collapsed.

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Smoke billowed from the top of the cathedral as flames ripped through its roof and bell towers.

It was not immediately clear what had caused the fire, while local media reported that police in the city were treating it as an accident.

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The cathedral, which dates back to the 12th century and is famous for featuring in Victor Hugo’s classic novel “The Hunchback of Notre-Dame,” attracts millions of tourists every year.

President Emmanuel Macron cancelled an address to the nation that he had been due to give later on Monday evening

There have been no confirmed deaths and the cause of the fire is still unknown, according to Paris police.

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A major operation was under way, the fire department said, while a city hall spokesman said on Twitter that the area was being cleared.

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President Donald Trump, meanwhile, addressed the fire in a tweet early Monday afternoon.

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Notre-Dame was in the midst of renovations, with some sections under scaffolding, while bronze statues were removed last week for works.

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In a tweet the mayor of Paris confirmed the fire and called for people to remain away from the scene.

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This story is developing. Please check back for updates.

–Reuters and the Associated Press contributed to this report.