Fire breaks out in the spire of Rouen Cathedral in northwestern France

Paris – The famous medieval cathedral in Rouen, western France, was evacuated on Thursday after a fire broke out in its spire. Rouen's Notre-Dame Cathedral is undergoing renovations and video from the scene shows thick smoke rising from the spire, which is partially covered in scaffolding.

Fire trucks rushed to the scene to save the cathedral, made famous by Impressionist painter Claude Monet who depicted the imposing structure in a series of paintings in the 1890s.

Smoke billows from the spire of the Gothic Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Rouen, Normandy, France, on July 11, 2024, during renovation work on the medieval church.

Obtained by Reuters

Nicolas Mayer-Rossignol, mayor of Rouen in the Normandy region of northern France, said no one was injured in the fire.

A security perimeter has been set up around the great cathedral, construction of which began almost 1,000 years ago.

It is not clear exactly how the fire started.

Smoke rises from the spire of the Notre-Dame de Rouen Cathedral in Rouen, Normandy, France, July 11, 2024.


Five years after the fire that destroyed the roof of Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, a gigantic and meticulous project has been undertaken to restore this famous church. keep on going in the French capital.

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