Notre-Dame cathedral's spire has collapsed in a "terrible" fire and the massive blaze has now spread to one of its famous rectangular towers.
The New York Times reported that the cathedral's spire had caught fire, with alarms sounded around 6:30 p.m. on Monday.
A major operation is under way to tackle the blaze, which broke out in the afternoon, and an area surrounding the building in central Paris has been cleared, it quoted officials as saying.
"Notre Dame is a victim of the flames".
But what is known is that Notre Dame - both as an icon and as an actual, physical building - is irreplaceable, with a history as grand as the spire that collapsed in the blaze. "The copper statues of the twelve apostles and the symbols of the evangelists are also in poor condition".
Dramatic images posted to social media showed the roof of the medieval cathedral engulfed in flames.
"Our Lady of Paris in flames". President Emmanuel Macron said the whole nation was distressed.
He extended "thoughts for all the Catholics and all the French".
Paris archbishop Michel Aupetit has been inviting priests across France to ring the bells of their churches in a call for prayers for Notre Dame.
"Notre-Dame belonged to all humanity".
Italy's Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said his country was ready to help their neighbors and send his condolences over the "terrifying fire" at the cathedral. The fate of the iconic structure is hanging in the balance as firefighters have warned that they are "not sure" whether the fire can be contained.
Israeli president Reuven Rivlin, right, is welcomed by French President Emmanuel Macron on his arrival at the Elysee Palace in Paris on January 23, 2019.
It appears that Dr. Tallon finished his work with Notre Dame and had moved on to other projects; the reports on his laser survey all date to 2014-2015, and his website refers to projects commencing after those dates.
Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo says firefighters are trying to contain a "terrible fire" at the city's Notre Cathedral.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan has said his city "stands in sorrow with Paris today".
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