Notre-Dame Cathedral fire: Paris landmark goes up in flames

Notre-Dame Cathedral fire: Paris landmark goes up in flames

■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.

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

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo said: "A awful fire is underway at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris".

First Lady Melania Trump tweeted that her "heart breaks" for locals in Paris after the fire, adding that she's also "praying for everyone's safety".

Notre Dame spokesperson Andre Finot told French media outlets that the entire wood frame of the building would likely be lost and the structural integrity would be compromised, according to the AP.

"London stands in sorrow with Paris today, and in friendship always". The emotion of a whole nation.

It was not immediately clear what had caused the fire. The cathedral needed a major renovation estimated to cost $185 million - before the fire. Perhaps flying water tankers could be used to put it out.

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U.S. President Donald Trump has tweeted about the fire engulfing Paris' iconic Notre Dame Cathedral.

Vice President Mike Pence offered his "thoughts and prayers" to the people of Paris, as he talked about the "heartbreaking" sight of seeing a holy site on fire.

"On behalf of the State of Israel, I would like to express my deepest solidarity with France and the French nation over the awful fire at Notre Dame, a world symbol of civilization", he said.

The famous South Rose window of Notre Dame was created in 1260.

The Notre Dame Cathedral is one of Paris' most popular tourist landmarks and attracts millions of visitors every year.

"A awful fire is underway at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris", Mayor Anne Hidalgo said on Twitter. First immortalized in Victor Hugo's book "The Hunchback of Notre Dame", the building has always been a subject of fascination of historians and art lovers, drawing roughly 12 million tourists every year.

But while the building itself is considered by many to be a work of art, the cathedral houses irreplaceable works of art, too. The cathedral is a worldwide Parisian icon and site of some of Catholicism's most important relics, including the crown of thorns said to have been worn by Jesus.

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