Fire breaks out at top of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris

The peak of the church is undergoing a 6 million-euro ($6.8 million) renovation project.

15 April 2019 | 20:56

Source: Associated Press

  • Source: Associated Press
  • Last update: 15 April 2019 | 20:56

Workers secure a religious statue perched atop Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral as it descends to earth for the first time in over a century as part of a restoration, in Paris Thursday, April 11, 2019. (AP Photo)

PARIS: Parisians have gathered to say prayers and sing hymns In front of the nearby Saint Julien Les Pauvres church as the massive blaze at Notre Dame Cathedral burns only a few hundred meters away.

Flames and smoke rose in the sky behind the singers. A couple hundred people kneeling in prayer at the center of a larger group, who are standing around the edge and joining in the hymns between the prayers.

Paris archbishop Michel Aupetit is inviting priests across France to ring the bells of their churches in a call for prayers for Notre Dame.

Aupetit is at the cathedral and will meet with French President Emmanuel Macron later Monday night.

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