Fire devastates Notre-Dame Cathedral, centuries-old Parisian landmark

PARIS: Notre-Dame Cathedral went up in flames on Monday in a roaring blaze that devastated the Parisian landmark, a searing loss for the city and for France Flames that began in the early evening burst through the roof of the centuries-old cathedral and engulfed the spire, which collapsed, quickly followed by the entire roof. “Everything is collapsing,” a police officer near the scene said as the entire roof of the cathedral continued to burn. A presidential official said Macron was to go to the scene of the blaze. The cathedral was in the midst of renovations, with some sections under scaffolding and bronze statues were removed last week for works. The wood and lead spire was built during a restoration in the mid-19th century, according to the cathedral’s website.

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