BBC News reports that the 850-year-old Notre Dame Cathedral is on fire, the cause according to the report is unknown at this time.
Last year according to the article, the Catholic Church “in France launched an urgent appeal for funds to save,” Notre Dame, “which had started to crumble.”
Images are being posted on social media of the fire.
CNBC News reports that a “major operation” is underway to contain the fire.
The Mayor of Paris confirmed the fire via tweet and called on people to remain away from the scene.
A terrible fire is underway at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris. They @PompiersParis‘re trying to control the flames. We are mobilized on site in close connection with the @dioceseParis. I invite each and every one to respect the perimeter of security.
This is a developing story.