March 17, 2019 / 4:07 PM / a year ago

Paris' historic Saint-Sulpice church briefly catches fire, nobody hurt

A member of the fire brigade reacts as Saint-Sulpice church is seen on fire in Paris, France, March 17, 2019 in this still image taken from social media obtained on March 18, 2019. INSTAGRAM @agneswebste/via REUTERS via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES

PARIS (Reuters) - Paris’s historic Saint-Sulpice church, which was used in the filming of U.S. author Dan Brown’s ‘Da Vinci Code’ bestseller, briefly caught fire on Sunday but firefighters were able to bring the blaze under control and nobody was hurt.

The fire started early in the afternoon, when four people were inside, with flames climbing up the massive doors of the Roman Catholic church before spreading to stained glass above and to a nearby stairway, a fire brigade spokesman said.

The cause of the fire was not immediately known, he added. The extent of the damage was also not immediately clear.

The church, which was built in the 17th century on foundations dating from the Middle Ages, towers over the Left Bank district of Saint Germain des Pres.

The church houses three paintings by Eugene Delacroix, one of the leading figures of the Romantic movement in France in the 19th century.

Reporting by Pascale Antonie; writing by Leigh Thomas; Editing by Gareth Jones

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