Flames and smoke are seen billowing from the roof of Notre Dame cathedral in Paris. Photograph: François Guillot/AFP/Getty Images
Firefighters have rushed to try to contain a fire that has broken out at Paris’s Notre Dame Cathedral, which police said began accidentally and was linked to building work at the site.
Smoke could be seen billowing from the top of the medieval cathedral, considered one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture in France and one of Paris’s most-visited monuments.
Flames leapt into the air beside the two bell towers, said a Reuters correspondent who witnessed the fire.
Flames rising from the landmark French cathedral. Photograph: Pierre Galey/AFP/Getty Images
The fire department said a major operation was underway. A city hall spokesman said the area was being cleared.
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