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Paris mayor rues 'terrible fire' at Notre Dame

Paris mayor rues 'terrible fire' at Notre Dame

"So awful to watch the massive fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris", the president wrote. "Must act quickly!", tweeted USpresident Donald Trump. Our thoughts go to all Catholics and all French people.

Buildings around were evacuated and nobody was injured, junior interior minister Laurent Nunez said at the scene, adding: 'It's too early to determine the causes of the fire'. Hidalgo said in a Twitter message that Paris firefighters are still trying to limit the fire and urged Paris citizens to respect the security perimeter that has been set around the cathedral.

British politicians and religious leaders have expressed their sadness at the devastating fire engulfing Notre Dame cathedral this evening.

Paris police say fighters are inside the cathedral working to put the flames out while others work from the exterior. Construction workers had removed numerous bronze statues inside the church before the fire for renovation, which included work on the now-destroyed spire.

"Fire commanders say they are often pressured to order planes and helicopters into action on major fires even when the aircraft won't do any good". His work also showed that the internal columns of Notre Dame aren't in ideal alignment and that the church may have incorporated existing structures in its design rather than knocking them down first.

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A center of Roman Catholic faith, over the centuries Notre-Dame has also been a target of political upheaval. Castellanos offered prayers to the French people and all those affected by the fire.

"Notre Dame is an iconic symbol of faith to people all over the world - and it is heartbreaking to see a house of God in flames".

The Notre-Dame cathedral, a popular tourist attraction is undergoing renovations after cracks began to appear in the stone, sparking fears the structure could become unstable. To cover the rest, Picaud helped launch the Friends of Notre-Dame of Paris Foundation.

"The Notre Dame [cathedral] is among the most lovely of Paris's symbols and of France's in general, but also one of the most important to any cultured person", Rivlin said in a tweet.

The wood and lead spire was built during a restoration in the mid-19th century, according to the cathedral's website.