Fire at Notre Dame Cathedral

2:27 p.m. ET, April 15, 2019

Video taken from the Seine shows the fire

Boat passengers on the river Seine are sharing videos of smoke billowing from the historic Notre Dame cathedral.

Police are asking people to avoid the area and clear the way for emergency personnel.

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2:27 p.m. ET, April 15, 2019

Firefighters are trying to control "terrible" Notre Dame fire, Paris mayor says

The fire department is trying to control a “terrible fire” that’s broke out at Notre Dame cathedral, Mayor Anne Hidalgo said.

Hidalgo tweeted: 

“A terrible fire is underway at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. The fire brigade are trying to control the fire. We are mobilized locally in close connection with church authorities. I ask everyone to respect the security perimeter.”
Anne Hidalgo/Twitter
Anne Hidalgo/Twitter

2:38 p.m. ET, April 15, 2019

The cathedral was built in the 13th century and draws 13 million visitors a year

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.

Today, it is in flames.

1:24 p.m. ET, April 15, 2019

Twitter photos show smoke billowing from Notre Dame's cathedral

Twitter users are sharing various angles of the fire at Notre Dame.

1:42 p.m. ET, April 15, 2019

There is a fire at the historic Notre Dame cathedral in Paris

Police in Paris say the Notre Dame cathedral is on fire.

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."