Fire breaks out at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris

Fire breaks out at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris

■The fire burst through the roof of the centuries-old cathedral and consumed its towering spire, which collapsed, followed by the entire roof, Reuters reported.

While a huge plume of smoke wafted across the city and ash fell over a large area, Parisians and tourists watched on, some of them lost for words and others keen to share their sadness.

'Everything is collapsing, ' a police officer near the scene said as the entire roof of the cathedral continued to burn.

President Emmanuel Macron postponed a televised speech to the nation because of the stunning blaze and was going to the cathedral himself.

It came as France's deputy interior minister said that the prospect of saving Notre Dame was "not certain" and as French fire services said they were "not sure" that the blaze could be stopped.

Speaking in Minnesota Monday, Trump said the cathedral was "burning at a level that you rarely see a fire burn".

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The cause of the blaze was not immediately confirmed, but the cathedral had been undergoing intense restoration work to help the 850-year-old Gothic masterpiece better deal with the tests of time.

A fire has broken out at the famed Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.

The latter has now collapsed along with the roof after being consumed by flames.

Trump reacted to the fire in real time earlier on Monday, with a callous tone he's become known for projecting in the wake of tragedy. The 12th-century cathedral is home to incalculable works of art and is one of the world's most famous tourist attractions. Thinking of all Catholics and all French people. Last year, France's Catholic Church pleaded for funds to save the French landmark, which was starting to crumble.

The cathedral was immortalized in Victor Hugo's "The Hunchback of Notre Dame", published in 1831, and has always been a subject of fascination in popular culture as well as the traditional art world.

The cause of the fire has not yet been determined, the BBC reported.

The mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, said at the scene that some of many artworks that were in the cathedral had been taken out and were being put in safe storage.

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