Fire breaks out at Notre Dame cathedral in Paris

A fire has broken out at the historic Notre Dame cathedral in Paris.

Officials said the fire may be linked to renovation work, French media reported.

Photos and videos on social media show the roof of the 850-year-old Gothic building covered in flames, issuing a plume of smoke above the city.

Fire at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris
The fire is being tackled by the Paris fire brigade (Ashley Huntington/Mercedes Girona)

The Paris fire brigade can be seen in videos dousing the blaze with water.

US President Donald Trump suggested on Twitter that the fire was put out with “flying water tankers”.

“So horrible to watch the massive fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris,” he wrote.

“Perhaps flying water tankers could be used to put it out. Must act quickly!”

Flames rise from Notre Dame cathedral
Flames rise from Notre Dame cathedral (Thibault Camus/AP)

Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo described it as a “terrible fire” and urged people at the scene to stay safe.

Un terrible incendie est en cours à la cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris. Les @PompiersParis sont en train de tenter de maîtriser les flammes. Nous sommes mobilisés sur place en lien étroit avec le @dioceseParis. J'invite chacune et chacun à respecter le périmètre de sécurité.

— Anne Hidalgo (@Anne_Hidalgo) April 15, 2019

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