Notre Dame Cathedral Catches Fire

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The Notre Dame cathedral in France has just caught fire, burning down the majority of the building. No casualties have been reported yet, but the fire is still active. More than 30,000 people visit the Notre Dame daily, and more than 13 million visit every year. More than 400 firefighters have been battling the blaze. The cause of the fire is still not known, said André Finot, a spokesman for the cathedral, and the French interior minister said that “exceptional measures are being taken to save Notre Dame”.

President of the United States, Donald Trump said that this was a “terrible, terrible fire” in a statement during a press conference. He said the fire would put “a damper” on the tax roundtable he was about to start. Trump also had a suggestion of using “flying water tankers”, but the French government agency responded, saying that could cause the entire structure to collapse.

Mike Pence has said, "It is heartbreaking to see a house of God in flames", and Melania Trump said that her heart "breaks for the people of Paris". Crowds have gathered around the Notre Dame singing hymns, and many more have sent condolences from across the world. We will add more information when it comes out.

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