A massive fire has engulfed the historic Basilica of Saint Donatien in Nantes, western France.
The blaze broke out on Monday after morning Mass, with worshippers evacuated from the building, Rev Benoit Bertrand told local media.
The roof has been severely damaged though the fires is reportedly now under control. Efforts are now under way to save several precious objects and works of art inside the basilica.
The fire could have started due to renovation work being carried out on the church’s roof at the time. There are no reports of casualties. The 19th century church may have suffered structural damage because of the fire.
RuptlyTV YouTube video report:
A large fire broke out in the Basilica of Saint Donatien and Saint Rogatien in Nantes, Monday. No injuries have been reported so far, with three quarters of the roof reportedly destroyed by blaze.
Authorities confirmed the fire started at 10:30 local time (08:30 GMT). The reasons for the fire remain unknown.
Firefighters and emergency services are on the scene and continue to tackle the fire. The area surrounding the basilica has been cordoned off.
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