Breaking: Fire engulfs Paris’ iconic Notre-Dame cathedral

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PARIS, April 15, 2019 (Xinhua) -- Rescuers gather near the Notre Dame Cathedral in central Paris, capital of France, on April 15, 2019. A blaze broke out on Monday afternoon at the Notre Dame Cathedral in central Paris where firefighters were still fighting to put the fire under control, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo said. (Xinhua/Yang Yimiao/IANS)

Paris:  A fire broke out at Paris’s iconic, over eight-century-old Notre-Dame cathedral on Monday, media reports said.

The cause of the fire was yet not known, but officials say it could be linked to renovation work at the 850-year-old heritage structure, the BBC reported.

PARIS, April 15, 2019 (Xinhua) — Rescuers gather near the Notre Dame Cathedral in central Paris, capital of France, on April 15, 2019. A blaze broke out on Monday afternoon at the Notre Dame Cathedral in central Paris where firefighters were still fighting to put the fire under control, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo said. (Xinhua/Yang Yimiao/IANS)

A major operation is under way to tackle the blaze, which broke out in the afternoon, and an area surrounding the building in central Paris has been cleared, it quoted officials as saying.

The building has not been in good shape and last year, the Catholic Church in France launched an urgent appeal for funds to save it.

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