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Notre Dame Fire Live Updates: Photos, Videos Show Paris Cathedral Ablaze, Spire Collapses

A massive blaze engulfed the iconic Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris early Monday evening.

  • Authorities have evacuated the area around the 850-year-old cathedral.
  • The roof and a spire have collapsed, according to media reports and videos of the blaze.
  • President Donald Trump has tweeted his concern and advice to responders.
  • Authorities told local media that the blaze was related to renovation work on the structure.
  • French President Emmanuel Macron is treating the fire as a "national emergency."
  • A spokesman for the cathedral said "nothing will remain from the frame" after the blaze.
  • French officials confirmed there were not any deaths due to the fire.

6:07 EDT: French President Emmanuel Macron has promised to rebuild Notre Dame, saying in an address to the country that he will call on the “greatest talent” from around the world to assist in the effort.

“We will rebuild Notre Dame because it is what the French expect of us, it is what our history deserves, it is, in the deepest sense, our destiny," Macron said.

Firefighters continue to battle the blaze in the cathedral, though Paris fire chief Jean-Claude Galle said that the main structure of Notre Dame has been saved from the flames, despite concerns earlier in the evening that the church's two towers and belfry would be engulfed by the fire.

Reuters reports that concerns remain that some of the cathedral's interior may still collapse, but that firefighters will remain on scene throughout the night to cool those areas down.

5:44 EDT: Fire Chief Jean-Claude Galle told reporters that he is unsure if firefighters will be able to stop the blaze from engulfing one of the cathedral's towers and belfry. The fire has already reached another tower and continues to spread.

“If it collapses, you can imagine how important the damage will be," Galle said, according to the Associated Press.

4:14 p.m. EDT: The Vatican has responded to the cathedral fire. 

"The terrible news of the fire that has devastated the cathedral of Notre Dame, symbol of Christianity in France and in the world, was received in the Holy See with shock and sadness," spokesperson Alessandro Gisotti said in a statement.

"We express our closeness to French Catholics and to the people of Paris and we assure our prayers for the fire fighters and all those who are doing everything possible deal with this dramatic situation," he said.

4:05 p.m. EDT: It "is not certain" that Notre Dame can be saved, France's Deputy Interior Minister has said, according to Agence France-Presse (AFP). Firefighters have also said they are "not sure" if they can save the historic structure from the blaze.

3:54 p.m. EDT: French newspapers have begun releasing images of their front page covers about the tragedy. The headline of Le Figaro is "The Disaster."

3:45 p.m. EDT: British Prime Minister Theresa May has shared her condolences with the people of France. "My thoughts are with the people of France tonight and with the emergency services who are fighting the terrible blaze at Notre-Dame cathedral," she wrote on Twitter.

3:41 p.m. EDT: Macron is reprotedly treating the blaze as a "national emergency." He has gone to the site of Notre Dame and went directly into meetings with police and emergency responders.

3:30 p.m. EDT: Trump has called the burning Paris cathedral a "terrible sight to behold." 

"That is beyond countries, that's beyond anything. That's a part of our growing up, it's a part of culture. It's a part of our lives," he said.

3:25 p.m. EDT: Paris's Mayor Anne Hidalgo has responded to the disaster. "I do not have a strong word to express the pain that I feel in the face of Notre Dame ravaged by flames. Tonight, all Parisians and French mourn this emblem of our common history. From our motto, we will draw the strength to rise," she wrote on Twitter.

3:16 p.m. EDT: Witnesses have said the blaze appears to be spreading, as one of the structure's iconic rectangular towers appears to be on fire. Authorities have confirmed that firefighters are inside and outside the building, attempting to fight the flames. 

2:57 p.m. EDT: Officials in France have confirmed that there have been no deaths due to the blaze. Although Notre Dame is one of the world's most popular tourist destinations, it closes at 6:45 p.m. local time. The blaze started five or six minutes later, officials explained.

2:50 p.m. EDT: London's Mayor Sadiq Khan shared his condolences to the city of Paris over the disaster. "Heartbreaking scenes of Notre Dame cathedral in flames. London stands in sorrow with Paris today, and in friendship always," he wrote on Twitter.

2:30 p.m. EDT: "Everything is burning, nothing will remain from the frame," Notre Dame spokesman Andre Finot has said. 

Deputy Paris Mayor Emmanuel Gregoire described the blaze as having caused "colossal damage." He said that workers scrambled "to save all the artworks that can be saved."

2:28 p.m. EDT: French President Emmanuel Macron has tweeted that he is "sad tonight to see this part of us burn." 

2:12 p.m. EDT: Although local French media reported that the blaze was related to renovation work on the cathedral, James R. Waters, the New York Police Department's chief of counterterrorism, tweeted that his department was "closely monitoring the fire" in Paris.

2:07 p.m. EDT: Videos shared on Twitter showed a spire from the Notre Dame Cathedral collapsing. 

2:05 p.m. EDT: A reporter with France 24 said that the cathedral's "roof has entirely collapsed; there are flames coming out the back of the cathedral as if it was a torch."

The reporter said, "I'm seeing evacuations happen as well. Older people coming out in wheelchairs from their apartments, people bringing their animals."

2:00 p.m. EDT: President Donald Trump tweeted his concern about the blaze, suggesting that French authorities use "flying water tankers."

"So horrible to watch the massive fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Perhaps flying water tankers could be used to put it out. Must act quickly!" he wrote.

Photos and videos of the massive, and apparently growing, blaze began circulating on social media, with witnesses sharing their shocked and horrified reactions. Smoke could be seen billowing above the historic house of worship, which was immortalized by Victor Hugo in his novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame, published in 1833 and adapted into an animated film by Disney in 1996.

The Paris fire department said that major operations were underway to put out the blaze, according to Reuters. A city hall spokesperson also said on social media that the area surrounding the cathedral was being cleared.

Last year, the Catholic Church in France launched an appeal for funds to renovate the 850-year-old structure. Officials suggested that the blaze could be linked to renovation work underway on the structure.

Many on social media posted concern and shock at the sight of flame among the iconic and historic house of worship. “Looks pretty bad. Such a shame to see this,” one Twitter user wrote. “Devastating scenes from Paris - one of the world’s most iconic buildings up in flames,” another Twitter user posted. “This crushes me,” another person wrote.

French media reported that the fire was caused by ongoing renovation work. It is not thought to be related to a wave of arsonists and vandals who reportedly targeted churches across France in recent months. More than 10 churches have been set ablaze in the European nation since early February. After five such vandal attacks occurred within one week, France’s Prime Minister Edouard Philippe denounced the vandals' actions.

“In our secular republic we respect the places of worship,” he tweeted at the time. “Such acts shock me and must be unanimously condemned.”

This is a developing story.

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