A massive fire ripped through the structure of Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral 850-year-old Gothic building on Monday.
The fire has spread rapidly across the building. A spokesman for the cathedral said the whole structure was "burning". "There will be nothing left," he said. The roof collapsed.The cathedral had been undergoing renovations with an astronomical cost. There have been no confirmed deaths, according to Paris police. It was not immediately clear what had caused the fire but officials consider it an accident. The Paris Prosecutor’s office announced that it has started an inquiry into the fire.
Notre Dame Cathedral in fire
President Emmanuel Macron announced will be going to the scene. "Like all of my countrymen, I am sad tonight to see this part of us burn," he said. The mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, called for people to remain away from the scene. US President Donald Trump suggested "perhaps flying water tankers" could be used to extinguish the fire. Authorities have not yet released any information as to how the fight to suppress the flames has progressed. The cathedral is considered to be one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture. A major restoration project supervised by Eugène Viollet-le-Duc began in 1845 and continued for twenty-five years. About 12 million people visit Notre-Dame yearly.