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Huge fire engulfs basilica in Nantes

Firefighters hose water to put out the fire in a basilica in Nantes, western France, Monday, June 15, 2015. A fire is ravaging a 19th century basilica in the western French city of Nantes, and has left just a shell of the rooftop. The fire began just after morning Mass on Monday and everyone inside was quickly evacuated, the Rev. Benoit Bertrand of the Nantes diocese told BFM television.
Firefighters hose water to put out the fire in a basilica in Nantes, western France, Monday, June 15, 2015. Image by AP Photo/Laetitia Notarianni

A fire broke out in the roof of the 19th-century basilica of Saint-Donatien in the town of Nantes in France on Monday morning, as worshippers were evacuated from the burning building. The cause of the fire is still yet to be confirmed but it’s believed to have started on the roof where ‘waterproofing work’ was being carried out. Around 40 firefighters worked to battle the blaze but the roof and part of the back of the basilica have been severely damaged. Read more: bbc.co.uk