A major fire has engulfed one of France’s most famous landmarks – the medieval Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris.
Firefighters are battling to save the 850-year-old Gothic building, but its spire and roof have collapsed.
The cause is not yet clear, but officials say that it could be linked to renovation work.
A Paris fire official said the main structure had now been ‘saved and preserved’.
Last year, the Catholic Church in France appealed for funds to save the building, which was crumbling.
Loud bangs could be heard as flames burst through the cathedral’s roof, also and destroying its stain-glass windows.
All efforts are now being put into saving the cathedral’s artwork and preventing the collapse of its northern tower.
The deputy interior minister Laurent Nunes told reporters it was “not certain” that it could be saved.
Thousands of people have gathered in the streets around the cathedral, observing the flames in silence. Some could be seen openly weeping, while others sang hymns or said prayers.
French President Emmanuel Macron, who has arrived at the scene, said his thoughts were with “all Catholics and all French people.”
Hate crime against Catholics and Christians.
I believe this was intentionally set… 😠
Friends, Notre Dame in Paris is engulfed in flames,.
I hate to “jump to conclusions,” but I would not be surprised at all if this is Islamic jihad.
It is the result of unfettered Muslim migration to Europe for decades.
Anyone paying attention is not surprised.
Mark my word — it’ll be a mosque within a decade.
Churches across Europe are being attacked weekly. Not that our mainstream news reports on it.
UPDATE: French police have released some drone photos of the #NotreDameFire. The entire interior is completely engulfed.