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16 Apr 2019 | 02:43 AM UTC

France: Fire under control at Notre-Dame (Paris) April 16 /update 3

France News Alert

Firefighters bring blaze under control at the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris on April 16; road closures around Île de la Cité remain in effect

TIMEFRAME expected from 4/16/2019, 12:00 AM until 4/17/2019, 11:59 PM (Europe/Paris). COUNTRY/REGION Paris

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Event

Emergency officials announced that the fire at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris is completely under control as of the early morning hours (local time) of Tuesday, April 16. Hundreds of firefighters deployed to Île de la Cité and have partially extinguished the blaze as of early Tuesday morning. Evacuation orders remain in effect for all residents of Île de la Cité and temporary accommodations have been established at the White Mantles Hall. The police established a security perimeter around Île de la Cité and all access to the island is blocked as of Tuesday morning.

Associated transportation disruptions are expected to continue in and around central Paris. The police closed the Cité, Cluny-La Sorbonne, and Saint-Michel Notre-Dame metro stations and trains are expected to bypass the stations. Crowds gathered throughout the night to commemorate and mourn the damage; related rallies and memorials are also possible in the coming days.

Context

A fire broke out at Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris shortly before 19:00 on April 15. Unconfirmed reports claim the blaze began amid work to repair the cathedral's roof. No injuries have been immediately reported.

Advice

Individuals in Paris are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid the area of the fire, prepare for associated transportation disruptions, and adhere to instructions issued by the local authorities. Further information on closures affecting Paris' public transportation can be found here

 

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