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The Notre Dame is on fire, and it appears to be getting rapidly worse 👇👇

Upwind of the smoke, the flames are evident

Via @nadabakos
No information regarding casualties yet

It’s grown rapidly in the past 10 minutes

Via @lilycrand
Statement from the police: “Avoid the area and facilitate the passage of emergency vehicles”

(That’s a rough translation)

Worryingly, there’s absolutely no evidence to suggest that the Pairs Fire Brigade have begun to fight the blaze.

Lots of sirens, but nothing else yet.

NEW: Statement from the Mayor of Paris 👇👇
Footage via @Snapchat
Few facts: the earliest report I can find is this one at 17:56 (UK time).

Fire has therefore been burning for just over 40 mins.

Police cordon established. Fire brigade responding. No evidence that they've begun to extinguish the fire.

Can clearly see the scaffolding around the spire here.

Not sure what work/construction was going on, but trying to find out.

NEW: Absolutely cannot confirm, but from this angle it looks as though part of the roof may have collapsed/burnt through

#NotreDame #fire

The nearest metro station has been closed 👇👇👇

Clear here that the roof has burnt through/collapsed

Via @RemyBuisine
NEW: via @morandiniblog, President Macron has postponed a speech he was due to make because of the fire

Latest from @FRANCE24 that the roof has begun to collapse.

Worth adding that this will be incredibly difficult/impossible to put out. The spire will likely be lost. Too dangerous to go inside. Really struggling to see how this can be stopped.


NEW: part of the #NotreDame spire has just collapsed 👇👇👇

Fire has now been burning for over an hour. I've yet to see a single image, video, or report that the fire brigade have begun to fight it.

Correction: fire brigade and have begun to fight the blaze.

Thanks to @AuroraIntel for pointing this out. #notredame
Extraordinary image: fire fighters climbing up the scaffolding to fight the blaze

#NotreDame #fire via @aleksipahkala
"Must act quickly!" - @realDonaldTrump.
Fire does indeed look less severe now, and water hoses can be seen

Lots of reports that firefighters are trying to get the artwork out.

The effort seems to be saving what's inside in case they can't save the building itself.

UPDATE: much less smoke seen here.

Definitely appears that the fire is dying down. #NotreDame #BREAKING #fire
UPDATE: Authorities have opened the White Mantles Hall (Rue Vieille du Temple) to accommodate the residents that have been evacuated.


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