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BBC 🔵 Rouen cathedral spire on fire with building evacuated

BBC 🔵 Rouen cathedral spire on fire with building evacuated

The spire of a famous Gothic cathedral in the French city of Rouen is on fire with firefighters at the scene battling the blaze, local officials say

Images posted on X by the prefecture show black smoke billowing from a canopy and scaffolding at the top of the building, which is around 150m (495 feet) tall.

The fire’s « origin is unknown at this point, » mayor Nicolas Mayer-Rossignol said, adding that « all public resources are mobilised » in response.

The Our Lady of the Assumption cathedral has been evacuated and a security perimeter is in place, the prefecture said.

There are no reports of casualties, according to local authorities, and the extent of the damage to the building is unknown.

« Fire broke out at the tip of the spire, which isn’t made of wood, but rather metal, » the prefecture of the Seine-Maritime department told AFP news agency.

Rouen cathedral is currently undergoing extensive restoration and featured in several artworks by impressionist artist Claude Monet in the 19th Century.

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