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Notre Dame Cathedral Spire Collapses in Fire

Notre Dame Cathedral Spire Collapses in Fire

"For 800 years the Cathedral has watched over Paris", he said.

He recalled that Notre Dame's bells sounded a death knell after the November 2015 terror attacks in Paris.

"Like all our countrymen, I'm sad tonight to see this part of us burn", he wrote, according to a translation.

The Catholic Church in the Holy Land said it was praying that the fire ripping through the cathedral was "not intentional" while expressing solidarity with the church in France.

His administration says Macron is heading to Notre Dame.

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo is in despair at the "terrible fire".

Canada's CBC News reported that firefighters were also trying to salvage some of the cathedral's priceless works of art.

"There will be nothing left", a cathedral spokesman told media.

First Lady Melania Trump tweeted that her "heart breaks" for locals in Paris after the fire, adding that she's also "praying for everyone's safety".

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A fire ripped through the famed Notre Dame cathedral Monday evening in Paris leaving people around the world in shock at the loss of the historic building. He suggested the use of "flying water tankers" on the fragile 12th-century structure and warned France "must act quickly!" Video posted to social media shows the 750-ton spire that stood atop the cathedral collapse as the roof burns.

A crane lifts one of 16 copper statues, sitting 50 meters above the ground, off the Notre-Dame-de-Paris Cathedral to be taken for restoration on April 11, 2019 in the French capital Paris.

The medieval cathedral was completed in the 13th century and today, with its towers, spire, flying buttresses and stained glass, is considered a feat of architecture as much as a religious symbol.

It is believed the blaze began in scaffolding on the roof where renovation work was being carried out.

Police in Paris say the cause of the massive fire enveloping the spire of Notre Dame Cathedral isn't yet known.

French President Emmanuel Macron has postponed a televised speech to the nation because of the fire. The building survived the 1871 Commune uprising, as well as two world wars, largely unscathed.

"Who is not deeply moved at the sight of this great Cathedral in flames?"

Firefighters worked tirelessly to battle the inferno, but the fire is not contained at the time of publication; AFP reports that the fire is "partially connected" to a $6.8 million renovation project going on at the cathedral, and is being treated as an accident.