Dozens of firefighters fought a major fire in a cathedral in the western French city of Nantes on Saturday.
Shortly before 8:00 a.m. (6:00 a.m.GMT), the firefighters were made aware of the fire in the Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul, the construction of which began in the 15th century, said the operations center.
It was said that the "big fire" was still going on and 60 firefighters had been sent to the scene.
The Gothic structure was last hit by fire in 1972. The repair of the roof took more than 13 years.
Another religious building in Nantes – the Basilica of St. Donatian and St. Rogatian – was hit by a fire in 2015 that destroyed three quarters of its roof.
In April of last year, a fire devoured the 13th-century Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, causing the church tower to collapse and smoke wafting into the air with toxic molten lead. The repair of the structure will take years.
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