Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris Is Currently on Fire

Local firefighters have confirmed that the 850-year-old cathedral is currently in flames.

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Notre Dame Cathedral has caught fire. This afternoon, multiple eye-witnesses posted images of the iconic church in flames on social media.

Firefighters have also confirmed to the BBC that the 850-year-old cathedral is on currently fire. At this point, the cause of the blaze is unknown, but per the BBC, "officials say it could be linked to renovation work."

The church is currently undergoing a $6.8 million renovation project.

According to the Associated Press, Paris police have also confirmed that there is a fire at Notre Dame, as did the mayor of Paris.

In a tweet, mayor Anne Hidalgo d that "a terrible fire is underway at Notre-Dame Cathedral," and asked for people to clear the area as firefighters try to control the flames.

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. pic..com/9X0tGtlgba

— Anne Hidalgo (@Anne_Hidalgo) April 15, 2019

Based on the images currently circulating, the damage looks extensive, engulfing part of the building's roof. The spire has also fallen at this point. As one social media user, Shiv Malik wrote, "Notre Dame, Paris, is on fire and it feels like the end of the world."

Notre Dame, Paris, is on fire and it feels like the end of the world. pic..com/qYYk7ewipq

— Shiv Malik (@shivmalik) April 15, 2019

The fire is not out at publication time. We'll continue to update this story as soon as we have additional information.

In the meantime, here are several photos of the scene, as posted on .

Roommate just sent this of Notre Dame on fire in Paris woowwww pic..com/NEMs33AHYD

— Process Guy (@leistomania93) April 15, 2019

#NotreDame on fire 🔥 pic..com/2o6fdFmLbC

— Liam Taylor (@LiamMTaylor) April 15, 2019

Before the news breaks, the Notre Dame is on fire. pic..com/fhSNcznCG2

— Ashley (@AshhHuntington) April 15, 2019

Notre Dame Cathedral was largely completed in the 13th century. It's remains one of the most popular sites in Paris, attracting more than 13 million tourists per year.

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