UPDATED WITH LIVE STREAMS OF FIRE…
The famous Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France that was built between 1163-1385 is currently going up in flames.
There are videos all over social media showing huge billows of smoke and fire coming out of the top of the Cathedral:
Dramatique incendie qui ravage actuellement Notre-Dame de Paris pic.twitter.com/60y0puGK9d— Tom MASSON (@MassonTom1) April 15, 2019
Notre Dame, Paris, is on fire and it feels like the end of the world. pic.twitter.com/qYYk7ewipq— Shiv Malik (@shivmalik) April 15, 2019
And here are some photos:
Smoke billowing from Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France. pic.twitter.com/mvx4jN19fH— David Almacy (@almacy) April 15, 2019
CNN is now covering this and says the flames are coming out of the cathedral itself.
This is a horrible way to start Easter week. I hope they get it under control very soon.
They are blaming the fire on ongoing renovations.
A recent photo shows just how big the fire has become:
UPDATE 2: The spire has fallen:
Wow, the spire at the center of the Notre Dame Cathedral has fallen. pic.twitter.com/L8GtIthSlK
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) April 15, 2019
The 800-year-old Notre Dame Cathedral spire just collapsed. Devastating to watch. Almost a microcosm for the collapse of Western Civilization pic.twitter.com/ey6BLn8arL
— Harry Khachatrian (@Harry1T6) April 15, 2019
UPDATE 3: As Raymond Arroyo points out…
This follows weeks of church desecrations and fires across France. Some reports indicate that this could be related to ongoing renovations at the Cathedral of Notre Dame. https://t.co/n94jrQV0o8
— Raymond Arroyo (@RaymondArroyo) April 15, 2019
Don’t be surprised if the initial reports of this being related to the ongoing renovations turns out to be wrong.
UPDATE 4: “Everything is burning, nothing will be left”
‘Everything is burning, nothing will remain from the frame’: A spokesman says the entire wooden frame of the Notre Dame Cathedral will likely come down and the vault of the edifice could be threatened too https://t.co/9KZISCYmdx pic.twitter.com/mVaJArARih
— WFLA NEWS (@WFLA) April 15, 2019
Notre Dame spokesman André Finot says entire wooden frame, is on fire and says “nothing will be left”.
Not clear if fire has reached the two towers and the front façade, perhaps they can be saved. pic.twitter.com/bOCK6D01Q7
— Kaya Burgess (@kayaburgess) April 15, 2019
The fire has spread to one of the towers:
BREAKING: The massive fire in Paris has spread to one of Notre Dame's iconic rectangular towers. https://t.co/wl6CnvLa3q— The Associated Press (@AP) April 15, 2019
BREAKING: French Interior Ministry official says firefighters might not be able to save Notre Dame Cathedral. https://t.co/RWRGb4hH7S
— The Associated Press (@AP) April 15, 2019
Christians singing outside the burning Cathedral…
Ave Maria pic.twitter.com/lb6Y5XV05a
— Ignacio Gil (@Inaki_Gil) April 15, 2019