A fire broke out early Monday evening in a church in central Lille.
The firefighters were alerted shortly before 8:00 p.m. for a fire at the Saint-Pierre-Saint-Paul church, located in the heart of the working-class district of Wazemmes, next to the square where a well-known market in the city is held.
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The disaster extended to the roof of the building before the arrival of firefighters, who mobilized about fifteen devices.
“Two spears are in operation.
Many firefighters are present, including three aerial elevators, ”
said the firefighters on their Twitter account.
The fire was
"on the way to extinction"
around 8:30 p.m. according to firefighters.
Very little smoke was visible from outside before 9:00 p.m., noted an AFP journalist.
The Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin, brought his
to the firefighters.
“The prefect goes there at my request.
Thoughts of solidarity for Lille and Catholics, ”
he also wrote on Twitter.
The president of the Hauts-de-France region, Xavier Bertrand, has also given his
to the firefighters of the North who
"are fighting the fire at the Saint-Pierre Saint-Paul church in Lille".
The mayor (PS) of Lille, Martine Aubry, went there.
The church was in poor condition and had already been closed for several months in 2020 in order to carry out renovation work, the regional daily
La Voix du Nord also reported
However, it had reopened its doors to its followers since September.