LONDON — A fire broke out on Thursday on the spire of a cathedral in Rouen, France, the capital of the Normandy region, local emergency officials said.

Smoke billows from the spire of Rouen Cathedral in Rouen, northern France on July 11, 2024.

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The gothic cathedral had been evacuated, and more than 60 firefighters were at the scene, police officials in Normandy said.

Black smoke and flames could be seen in photos taken midday Thursday. The section where the cathedral’s spire appeared to be on fire had been wrapped in scaffolding.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

ABC News’ Joe Simonetti contributed to this report.



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