Fire at Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, France 05:46, Apr 16 2019 Reddit Firefighters are battling a massive blaze at the French capital’s iconic Notre Dame cathedral. Flames and black smoke were seen shooting from the base of the medieval church’s spire on Monday (Tuesday morning, New Zealand time). The peak of the church is undergoing a 6 million euro ($NZ10m) renovation project. Lori Hinant Notre Dame cathedral is burning in Paris, Monday, April 15, 2019. Massive plumes of yellow brown smoke is filling the air above Notre Dame Cathedral and ash is falling on tourists and others around the island that marks the center of Paris. (AP Photo/Lori Hinant) French media quoted the Paris fire brigade saying the fire is “potentially linked” to the renovation work. French TV was reporting that the fire had spread to the giant spire of the building. 123RF The famous Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris (file picture).