Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral on fire - firefighters

Massive Fire At Historic Notre Dame Cathedral In Paris

First Lady Melania Trump said her "heart breaks" for Parisians after seeing images of the destruction.

Witnesses posted pictures to twitter Monday showing smoke billowing out of the building in France's capital.

The cathedral was built in the 12th and 13th centuries, and it's "currently undergoing extensive renovation work", the Times reported.

A major operation was under way, the fire department added.Officials in Paris said the fire could be linked to renovation works being carried out at the cathedral.

The medieval Catholic cathedral is one of the most visited historical monuments in Europe.

An AP reporter at the scene said the roof at the back of the cathedral, behind the nave, was in flames and yellow-brown smoke and ash filled the sky.

Hundreds of people on bridges around Notre Dame in Paris, watching in shock as fire engulfs the famed cathedral.

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The 12th-century cathedral is the setting for Victor Hugo's classic novel The Hunchback of Notre-Dame.

Macron canceled an address to the nation that he had been due to give later on Monday evening.

Paris police confirmed that a fire was underway and asked people to avoid the area and allow emergency personnel to access the scene.

A spokesman for the cathedral told AFP that the wooden structure supporting the roof was being gutted by the blaze.

He said: "Perhaps flying water tankers could be used to put it out", adding: "Must act quickly!"

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo called the blaze "terrible" and called on the public to respect the security perimeter in place.

Hidalgo said Paris authorities are in touch with Paris diocese.

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