Fire at Notre Dame Cathedral

By Brian Ries, Veronica Rocha, Rob Picheta, Euan McKirdy, Jessie Yeung, Gianluca Mezzofiore and Paul P. Murphy, CNN
Updated 22 hr 5 min ago11:23 a.m. ET, April 17, 2019
2:44 p.m. ET, April 15, 2019

Melania Trump: "My heart breaks for the people of Paris"

First lady Melania Trump took to Twitter to offer her prayers for "everyone's safety" as a fire continues to rage at Notre Dame cathedral in Paris.

"My heart breaks for the people of Paris after seeing the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral," she said.

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2:56 p.m. ET, April 15, 2019

French President Emmanuel Macron: "Emotion for a whole nation" as Notre Dame burns

French President Emmanuel Macron just tweeted about the Notre Dame fire, saying that he was "sad tonight to see this part of us burn."

"Notre Dame of Paris in flames. Emotion for a whole nation. Thoughts for all Catholics and for all French. Like all our countrymen, I'm sad tonight to see this part of us burn," he said.

See his tweet:

2:25 p.m. ET, April 15, 2019

French interior minister: Exceptional measures are being taken to save Notre Dame

From CNN's Hilary McGann and Martin Goillandeau 

Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said exceptional measures are being taken to try to save the cathedral.

“Support and solidarity with @PompiersParis (fire brigade) mobilized to save our common heritage, in the heart of Paris. An exceptional force was deployed by the @prefpolice (Paris police) to neutralize this violent fire. I share the immense emotion of the Parisians," Castaner tweeted.

Former French President François Hollande ‏said on Twitter, “Notre Dame is our common heritage. It’s a wound to see it devastated by flames. Respects to the firemen trying to extinguish the fire."

2:35 p.m. ET, April 15, 2019

What we know about the fire at Notre Dame cathedral so far

A fire broke out at the iconic Notre Dame cathedral in the heart of Paris on Monday evening.

Here's what we know about the blaze:

  • The spire was destroyed: Large parts of the roof already appear to have been burned, CNN’s Melissa Bell, who is in Paris, reported. The spire collapsed during the fire.
  • Firefighters tackled large flames: At least seven firetrucks were trying to tackle the flames, she said. The smell of smoke was emanating through the air and embers were falling from the sky.
  • Cause unknown: The cause of the fire is still unclear.
  • Police kept people away: Police urged everyone to avoid the area and emergency services pushed people away from the scene.

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2:06 p.m. ET, April 15, 2019

NOW: Notre Dame's famous spire has fallen

The spire of the Notre Dame’s cathedral has collapsed, fully engulfed by flames.

Here's the moment that happened, from Twitter user Hash Miser:

1:57 p.m. ET, April 15, 2019

French President Emmanuel Macron postpones planned speech because of fire

From CNN's Saskya Vandoorne

French President Emmanuel Macron postponed a planned speech tonight because of the ongoing fire at Notre Dame cathedral, a Élysée Palace spokesperson said.

In a statement, the spokesperson said, “Due to the terrible fire ravaging Notre-Dame-de-Paris, the President of the Republic has decided to postpone his speech.”

1:51 p.m. ET, April 15, 2019

The entire spire of Notre Dame's historic cathedral appears to be on fire

A video we've just received from Twitter user Hash Miser appears to show Notre Dame cathedral's entire spire in flames.

See it:

3:31 p.m. ET, April 15, 2019

Trump suggests Paris firefighters need "flying water tankers" to fight blaze at Notre Dame

President Trump just tweeted about the fire at the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris and suggested "flying water tankers" could help put it out.

"Must act quickly!" Trump tweeted.

Read his tweet:

See President Trump's comment on the fire:

2:28 p.m. ET, April 15, 2019

Video shows flames and smoke billowing from Notre Dame cathedral

Maria Kadzhaeva shot this video of the fire at Notre Dame cathedral.

It showed flames and a tower of smoke billowing from the upper reaches of the cathedral in Paris.

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