Fire at Notre Dame Cathedral

By Brian Ries, Veronica Rocha, Rob Picheta, Euan McKirdy, Jessie Yeung, Gianluca Mezzofiore and Paul P. Murphy, CNN

Updated 11:23 a.m. ET, April 17, 2019
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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."