ABOVE VIDEO: Flames and black smoke seen shooting from the medieval church’s spire, which is undergoing renovation.
(FOX NEWS) – A massive fire broke out at the famed Notre Dame cathedral in Paris on Monday afternoon, officials said.
Black smoke could be seen from a distance billowing out from the top of the medieval cathedral, while flames leaped out from two of its bell towers. The sight stopped pedestrians in their tracks along the Seine River, which passes under the cathedral.
A dramatic video showed the cathedral’s main spire collapsed from the blaze. Local reports said the roof collapsed.
A church spokesman told French media that all of Notre Dame cathedral’s frame is burning after the spire collapsed.
Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo called it a “terrible fire,” while President Emmanuel Macron said it was “sad to see this part of us burn.”
“Notre-Dame of Paris is in flames. Emotion in the whole nation. Thoughts for all Catholics and for all French,” he tweeted. “Like all our countrymen, I’m sad to see this part of us burn.”
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