Firefighters are battling to save a historic cathedral in the western French city of Nantes after a “major fire” broke out on Saturday morning.
Video footage from the scene showed smoke billowing out of the Cathedral of Saint Pierre and Saint Paul, which dates back to the 15th century. Flames could also be seen leaping inside the building in footage released by the French fire brigade. It said the “major fire” was still advancing and 60 firefighters had been dispatched to the scene.
An eyewitness who lives near the cathedral told the LCI news outlet that he was woken up by “a very strange sound of bells” and he could see the fire from his home. “From what I can see, there is more and more smoke,” he said.
The cause of the fire is not yet known and people were urged to avoid the area.
The roof of the Catholic cathedral previously suffered fire significant damage in 1972 when a blaze broke out. The impressive building had to be closed for three years to allow the necessary restorations to take place. The church was also partly destroyed during World War Two when it was bombed by Allied forces in 1944.
The fire comes just over a year after the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris fell victim to a massive blaze, which destroyed its main spire and caused extensive damage.
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