Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral on fire

PARIS, April 15 (Reuters) – A fire broke out at Notre Dame Cathedral in central Paris on Monday afternoon, a spokesman from the fire department said.

Smoke could be seen billowing out from the top of the medieval cathedral, as flames lept out besides its two bell towers, a Reuters witness said.

A major operation was under way, the fire department added, while a city hall spokesman said on Twitter that the area was being cleared.

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(Reporting by Sybille de la Hamaide and Simon Carraud, Editing by Sarah White)