(PARIS, France.) JUST IN: Fire breaks out at famous ‘ Notre Dame Cathedral ‘ and a major o peration is underway with firefighters tackling the blaze which started on Monday afternoon the cause of whi ch is not immediately clear France2 TV reported as an investigation is underway #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Apr.15: A fire has broken out at the famous Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris: The cause of the blaze was not immediately clear, but officials say that it could be linked to renovation work: Images on social media show plumes of smoke billowing into the air above the 850-year-old Gothic building……….Last year, the Catholic Church in France launched an urgent appeal for funds to save the cathedral, which was starting to crumble…………..A major operation is under way to tackle the blaze, which broke out on Monday afternoon. An area surrounding the building in central Paris has been cleared, officials said……….Report

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The mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, described it as a “terrible fire” and urged people at the scene to respect the boundaries set up by fire crews in order to ensure that they remain safe: “A terrible fire is underway at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris,” Mayor Anne Hidalgo said on Twitter
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It was not immediately clear what had caused the fire. France 2 television reported that police were treating the incident as an accident: 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.

A major operation was under way, the fire department said, while a city hall spokesman said on Twitter that the area was being cleared: Notre-Dame was in the midst of renovations, with some sections under scaffolding, while bronze statues were removed last week for works.

#AceNewsDesk report ……………Published: April.15: 2019: Reporting by Sybille de la Hamaide, Simon Carraud and Sudip Kar-Gupta, Editing by Sarah White and Michel Rose

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