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    Some social media users turned to Twitter to share images and videos showing smoke coming out of the medieval cathedral in Paris.

    A fire started at the Notre Dame Cathedral in the centre of the French capital on Monday at around 6:50 pm local time, according to the fire department.

    AFP reported citing sources that the fire could have been caused by renovation works that were underway inside the building. ​​​

    Reacting to the reports about the blaze engulfing the Notre Dame, French President Emmanuel Macron said that the 'terrible fire' forced him to cancel a planned address to the nation that was set to take place on Monday evening.

    READ MORE: WATCH LIVE as Paris' Legendary Notre Dame Cathedral Burns

    Numerous photos and videos uploaded by social media users show clouds of smoke coming out of the building.

    The site close to the 850-year-old cathedral has been cleared, according to a city hall spokesperson.

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    • 10:05

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    • 08:40

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    • 08:38

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    • 08:15

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      "The fire is under control but not totally extinguished," French junior interior minister Laurent Nunez said.

    • 04:51

      Blaze at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris Put Out

      A massive blaze that gripped the landmark Notre Dame cathedral in Paris has been extinguished, Lieut. Col. Gabriel Plus, a spokesperson for the Paris fire brigade, said.

      "The fire has been extinguished. We will continue ... cooling hot parts [of the building], including the frame, to make sure that the fire does not resume," Plus told Reuters.

    • 04:41

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    • 04:35

      Fire at Notre Dame Cathedral Now Under Control - Reports

      Massive fire that damaged the landmark Notre Dame cathedral in Paris is now under control, the Parisien newspaper reported.

      A massive blaze broke out at the 850-year-old church on Monday, destroying its spire. French President Emmanuel Macron praised firefighters for sparing the cathedral's iconic facade and towers from being destroyed.

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    • 00:54

      Macron: Worst Scenario Was Avoided Amid Notre Dame Fire

      Macron arrived at the site of the blaze for the second time. French president said that the upcoming hours of extinguishing the blaze are going to be very difficult but the main structure of the building was saved.

      "What has happened today is obviously a terrible drama. First of all I would like to thank Paris firefighters. Almost 400 people have been battling the fire for several hours and continue doing it," Macron, who arrived at the fire site for the second time during the evening, said. His speech was aired by the BFMTV broadcaster.

      "Notre Dame is our history, our literature, our imagination, where we lived all our great moments ... It is the epicenter of our lives," he underlined.

      He stressed the firefighters had demonstrated great courage and professionalism by sparing Notre Dame’s facade and two towers from being destroyed.

      "The worst has been avoided. But the battle has not been totally won yet. The next few hours will be difficult," Macron stressed, expressing support for the French and world Catholics on the Holy Week leading to Easter Sunday.

      He pledged that the historic Gothic cathedral would be rebuilt, calling on the world’s “greatest talents” to help.

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    • 23:55

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      Notre Dame Treasures Are Unlikely to Be Destroyed by Fire

      Treasure of iconic Notre Dame cathedral are unlikely affected by the Monday fire that swept the building, as its holy relics are kept in a sacristy, a spokesman for the cathedral, Andre Fino, said.

      The fire, which started earlier in the day, has already destroyed the cathedral's spire.

      "We need to see the storage that protects the cathedral, whether it is affected or not ... The holy relics are stored in a sacristy, usually there is no risk that it can be caught on fire," Fino said, as quoted by Le Figaro newspaper.

    • 22:47

      Notre Dame Fire Has Caused "Shock and Grief," Vatican Says

      Vatican spokesman Alessandro Gisotti said that the Holy See was shocked by reports of a huge fire that tore through the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris on Monday.

      "The Holy See has reacted with shock and grief to the news of a terrible fire that has ravaged Notre Dame de Paris, the symbol of faith in France and globally," he tweeted.

      Gisotti expressed the Vatican’s solidarity with Catholics in France and the people of Paris, adding they prayed for firefighters and other first responders dealing with this dramatic situation.

    • 22:37

      Firefighters Examine Interior of Notre Dame's Right Tower

      Firefighters are examining the interior of the right tower of the iconic Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, which erupted in flames earlier in the day, a Sputnik correspondent reported from the site.

      Firefighters are examining the tower from the inside using flashlights, according to the correspondent.

      Earlier in the day, a Sputnik correspondent reported from the scene that the left bell tower of the cathedral had also gone up in flames. The cathedral's roof and spire have already collapsed.

    • 22:09

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    • 22:01

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    • 21:59

      Air Tanker Deployment to Put Out Fire May Damage Notre Dame Cathedral - French Security Service

    • 21:50

      French Authoriries Open Criminal Investigation Into Notre Dame Fire - Reports

      The French Prosecutor's office has opened a criminal investigation into the fire that engulfed Notre Dame Cathedral on Monday, local media reported citing the French Interior Ministry.

    • 21:43

      French President Macron and Prime Minister Philippe Arrive at Notre Dame Cathedral Fire Site - Reports

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    • 21:38

      Around 400 Firefighters Deployed to Combat Raging Notre Dame Cathedral Fire - Reports

      400 firefighters have been deployed to put out the massive fire which engulfed the iconic Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on Monday, Parisien reported citing the French Interior Ministry.

    • 21:29

      Evacuation Underway at Notre Dame Cathedral Area, Paris' Ile De la Cite - Reports

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    • 21:14

      Notre Dame Cathedral's Clock Falls Down Due to Massive Fire - Reports

    • 21:09

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      Flames and smoke are seen billowing from the roof at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris on April 15, 2019. A fire broke out at the landmark Notre-Dame Cathedral in central Paris, potentially involving renovation works being carried out at the site, the fire service said.
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    • 21:06

      Structural Frame of Notre Dame Cathedral Engulfed in Flames - Reports

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    • 21:04

      French President Macron to Visit Site of Notre Dame Cathedral Blaze - Elysee Official

      "Notre-Dame consumed by flames. Emotion of a whole nation," Macron tweeted, noting further that he was "sad to see a part of us burn this evening."

      He also expressed solidarity with "all Catholics and all French people."

    • 21:01

      No Deaths Yet Reported, Cause of Horrifying Blaze Remains Unknown - Paris Police

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    • 20:55

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