Fire breaks out in spire of Rouen Cathedral in northwestern France

Cross restored on roof of Notre Dame Cathedral


Cross restored on roof of Notre Dame Cathedral, more than 5 years after fire

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Paris — The famous medieval cathedral in the western French city of Rouen was evacuated on Thursday after a fire broke out in its spire. Notre Dame de Rouen Cathedral is undergoing renovations and video footage from the scene showed thick smoke rising from the spire, which is partially covered in scaffolding.

Fire trucks rushed to the scene to save the cathedral. The cathedral became famous thanks to the impressionist painter Claude Monet, who captured the imposing structure in a series of paintings in the 1890s.

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

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

A security perimeter was set up around the great cathedral, whose construction began almost 1,000 years ago.

It is unclear how the fire started.

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

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It comes just over five years after a fire destroyed the roof of Paris' iconic Notre Dame Cathedral. The massive, painstaking project to restore that famous church continues in the French capital.

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