Fire breaks out at top of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris

Fire breaks out at top of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris

Fire breaks out at top of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris

The cause is yet unknown but officials said it was possibly linked to ongoing renovation work.

One onlooker of the fire was overheard saying, "Paris without the cathedral is not Paris anymore".

The steeple collapses as smoke and flames engulf the Notre-Dame Cathedral.

"The Notre Dame [cathedral] is among the most handsome of Paris's symbols and of France's in general, but also one of the most important to any cultured person", Rivlin said in a tweet. He also added that firefighters were examining the interior of the right tower of the Cathedral.

Prime Minister Theresa May said: "My thoughts are with the people of France tonight and with the emergency services who are fighting the bad blaze at Notre-Dame cathedral".

So as it burned on Monday-during Holy Week, which precedes Easter- Parisians gathered on the other side of the Seine, embers blowing onto their heads, praying and crying as they sought fellowship in their shared disbelief. The crown of thorns, a Catholic relic believed to be a piece of the item worn by Jesus when he was crucified, is just one of the items that is stored within the church. But firefighters had struggled to take down some of the large paintings in time, he said.

French President Emmanuel Macron postponed a televised speech to the nation because of the stunning blaze. It's a wound to see it devastated by flames.

Located on the Ile de la Cite in the center of Paris, the Gothic cathedral attracts millions of tourists each year.

Ashley Huntington, 21, an American university student studying in Paris, said: "Our class ran what was supposed to be 30 minutes walking but we probably got here in 20 running".

A massive fire has caused untold amounts of damage at the world-famous Notre Dame Cathedral. Prosecutors opened an investigation as Paris police said there were no reported deaths.

Aupetit is at the cathedral and will meet with French President Emmanuel Macron later.

The Friends of Notre Dame foundation has even been seeking to raise a massive €150 million ($180 million) from French citizens and Francophiles in the USA to help foot the bill for a major facelift. Our thoughts go to all Catholics and all French people.

US President Donald Trump has suggested "perhaps flying water tankers" to extinguish the fire. At one point referred to as "the eldest daughter of the church", the almost 800-year-old Notre Dame is the liturgical center of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Paris in a country that has always been identified with Catholicism. "Must act quickly!" Trump wrote.

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