Paris, Spire of Notre Dame Cathedral in central Paris collapsed in a huge fire.
The fire broke out on Monday at around 1700 GMT local time, according to French media.It may be linked to renovation works being carried out at the medieval cathedral, one of the capital’s tourist magnets.
The blaze burned for eight hours, but has now been largely extinguished, according to firefighters. One official was quoted as saying the two iconic rectangular towers have been saved, which will come a relief after one of the towers caught fire earlier in the evening.
“A terrible fire is underway at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, firefighters are trying to control the flames,” Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo tweeted.
“We are mobilised …in close connection with the Diocese of Paris. I invite everyone to respect the security perimeter,” she added.
Paris prosecutor office has launched an investigation to determine the cause of the blaze.