Notre Dame cathedral fire, though there have been renovations ongoing.

The Notre Dame Cathedral, one of the most historic landmarks in Paris and one of the most popular tourist attractions in the world, caught fire Monday evening and is at least partially destroyed.

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Video and photos posted on social media showed flames engulfing the church, before both the ceiling and the 90-meter (295 feet) — spire collapsed, drawing gasps and moans of disbelief from witnesses.

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Police said there were no deaths and it is unclear if there were any injuries. The fire broke out just before 7 p.m., minutes after the cathedral closed to the public. Around 30,000 people visit the church daily.

Church spokesperson André Finot told French media that the entire wooden interior, which dates from the 13th century, is burning and likely to be destroyed.

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“Everything is burning, nothing will remain from the frame,” Finot said.

“The roof has entirely collapsed, there are flames coming out of the cathedral as if it were a torch. It looks like the Olympic torch from the back with flames coming through the roof,” France 24 journalist Charli James reported live on air.

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Not long after, video shows people yelling “No!” as the steeple fell.

Emergency services said they were trying to salvage as much artwork as possible, with France24 reporting that nearly all of it was able to be removed and saved. The Interior Ministry tweeted that 400 firefighters are on the ground fighting the flames.


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