Fire at Notre Dame Cathedral

By Brian Ries, Veronica Rocha, Rob Picheta, Euan McKirdy, Jessie Yeung, Gianluca Mezzofiore and Paul P. Murphy, CNN
11:23 a.m. ET, April 17, 2019
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

From CNN's Martin Goillandeau in London

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.”

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

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

From CNN's Saskya Vandoorne

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

From CNN's Saskya Vandoorne

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."