Spire of centuries-old landmark destroyed after flames burst through the roof
Thousands of Parisians watched in horror from behind police cordons as a ferocious blaze devastated the landmark Notre Dame Cathedral, destroying its spire and spreading to the historic bell towers.
Firefighters battled to contain the fire, which began at 5.50pm local time (16.50 GMT), with police saying it began accidentally and may be linked to building work at the cathedral.
Notre Dame spire and roof collapse as fire rages at iconic cathedral in Paris
The Notre Dame Cathedral, one of the most historic landmarks in the French capital, was engulfed in flames Monday evening as a catastrophic fire raced through the iconic structure, causing its spire to collapse and leaving it at least partially destroyed.
The 850-year-old gothic masterpiece had been undergoing restoration work to help it better withstand the tests of time.
“Everything is burning,” André Finot, a spokesman for the cathedral, told French media. “Nothing will remain from the frame.”