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Rouen, July 11, 2024, The Europe Today: A significant fire broke out at the historic Rouen Cathedral in northern France earlier today, prompting a swift response from emergency services. The blaze, which began Thursday, has cast a pall of smoke over the iconic spire, reminiscent of similar incidents in French architectural history.

Rouen Mayor Nicolas Mayer-Rossignol alerted the public via social media, sharing an image of thick smoke billowing from the cathedral. The cause of the fire remains undetermined at this time, causing concern among locals and authorities alike.

The cathedral, immortalized in paintings by French impressionist Claude Monet during the late 19th century, stands as a cultural and historical landmark in the region. Images broadcast by BFM television captured a dark plume rising from the spire, visible from afar.

Authorities swiftly evacuated the premises, ensuring the safety of all individuals within the vicinity. Emergency services promptly deployed to the scene to contain the fire and prevent further damage to the architectural gem.

In a reassuring update, Rouen bishop Dominque Lebrun confirmed that workers engaged in renovation activities on the spire were safely accounted for. As the afternoon progressed, local fire officials reported a decrease in the intensity of the smoke, signaling progress in controlling the blaze.

The incident evokes memories of the tragic fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris in 2019, also occurring during renovation works, underscoring the vulnerability of these historic structures to accidental fires during restoration efforts.

Authorities continue to investigate the cause of the fire, while efforts are underway to assess the extent of damage inflicted upon this cherished symbol of Rouen’s cultural heritage. Local residents and admirers of historical architecture anxiously await further developments as the situation unfolds.