Fire inside Rouen cathedral spire as fighters battle to include blaze | EUROtoday

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French firefighters are battling a blaze at Rouen cathedral, with thick black plumes of smoke billowing into the sky.

The spire of the cathedral in Normandy has been evacuated, in line with the town’s mayor, with greater than 60 firefighters dispatched to the scene.

A jewel of French medieval gothic structure, the cathedral dates again to the twelfth century and was painted a number of instances by impressionist artist Claude Monet within the nineteenth century, lifting its worldwide fame.

“A fire has started on the spire of Rouen Cathedral. Origin unknown at this stage. All public resources are mobilised,” the town’s mayor Nicolas Mayer-Rossignol stated.

The cathedral spire was present process work involving massive scaffolding constructions in place as a part of an estimated 1.33 million euros (£1.12m) venture, in line with French newspaper Le Monde. Around 40 hearth engines and 70 firefighters have been on the scene and public transport within the space had been disrupted, in line with BFM TV.

Rouen cathedral in 2016
Rouen cathedral in 2016 (AP)

“The construction site is complex because of this height with very large scaffolding structures,” Richard Duplat, chief architect from Historic Monuments instructed Tendance Ouest.

The native prefect – a state official – stated a cordon had been arrange. The prefecture administration stated there have been no reviews of casualties and the extent of the harm was unclear for now. The archbishop for Rouen cathedral Dominique Lebrun stated the employees who raised the alarm when the fireplace broke out “inhaled a little smoke” however are “safe and sound”.

The prefecture said there were no reports of casualties and the extent of the damage was unclear for now
The prefecture stated there have been no reviews of casualties and the extent of the harm was unclear for now (AFP/Getty)

“We reached the site of the fire about half an hour ago now and we are in the process of making sure the fire is out. We will still need some time, perhaps an hour or so, to make sure there are no hot spots left in the area,” stated hearth brigade chief Stephane Gouezec who spoke to a number of TV channels.

The scene was paying homage to the devastating hearth at Notre Dame cathedral in Paris in 2019, which additionally began throughout renovation works.

In that case, a suspected electrical short-circuit prompted a fireplace on the well-known Parisian cathedral. The large blaze destroyed a lot of the within of the famend landmark and noticed renovation work happen. The reason behind that fireside was deemed an accident.

The hearth, which occurred on April , 2019, prompted the collapse of Notre Dame’s spire and a part of its roof. It was a big blow to the cathedral, a UNESCO world heritage web site and a logo of Christianity that welcomed 12 million guests annually.

Notre Dame is scheduled to reopen in December after an unprecedented reconstruction effort.