Fire causes extensive damage to Notre Dame, Macron vows “we will rebuild”

Fire causes extensive damage to Notre Dame, Macron vows “we will rebuild”

Update (2:20 p.m. PST) : The cathedral’s bell towers have been saved and the fire is weakening, according to French officials.

Paris police reported a fire at the city’s Notre Dame cathedral just after 10:00 a.m. PST Monday.

In a tweet, police said: “Notre Dame Fire in progress. Avoid the area and facilitate the passage of emergency vehicles and intervention of the @prefpolice.”

Early reports say the fire could be related to a ongoing restoration at the church.

The medieval cathedral was completed in the 13th Century and today, with its towers, spire, flying buttresses and stained glass, is considered a feat of architecture as much as a religious symbol.

It is one of Paris’ most popular attractions, drawing an estimated 13 million visitors a year.

Paris’ Mayor tweeted the following message, which translates to “A terrible fire is underway at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris. They @PompiersParis’re trying to control the flames. We are mobilized on site in close connection with the @dioceseParis. I invite each and every one to respect the perimeter of security.”

President Donald Trump tweeted the following about the fire:

This story is breaking. More information will be added when it is available.

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