Fire and smoke seen from miles around
A fire broke out in the Cathedral of Notre Dame Monday evening, sending flames and smoke billows that could be seen from miles around in Paris.
André Finot, a spokesman for the cathedral, told the New York Times that the spire of the cathedral had caught fire.
Update: Just before 8 p.m., the main spire of the cathedral collapsed.
Finot said the entire wooden frame of the cathedral would likely come down, and that the vault of the edifice could be threatened too, Associated Press reported.
“Everything is burning, nothing will remain from the frame,” Finot told French media.
“Like all our compatriots, I am sad this evening to see this part of all of us burn,” President Emmanuel Macron tweeted.
Parisians gathered nearby to pray, as their beloved cathedral continued to burn.