PARIS (AP) — The Latest on a fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris (all times local):
The mammoth fire that destroyed the spire of Notre Dame Cathedral has spread to one of the church’s landmark rectangular towers.
An Associated Press reporter at the scene of Monday’s fire in Paris watched the flames blazing behind an oblong stained-glass window in the tower.
Paris police say fighters are inside the cathedral working to put the flames out while others work from the exterior. Red smoke is pouring out of the cathedral.
A Notre Dame spokesman said earlier that the church’s entire wooden interior was in flames.
French President Emmanuel Macron has arrived at Notre Dame.
UPDATE: PARIS (AP) — The soaring spire of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris has collapsed in flames, and a church spokesman says the entire wooden interior of the 12th century landmark is burning and likely to be destroyed.
A massive fire engulfed the roof of the cathedral in the heart of the French capital on Monday afternoon as Parisians watched in horror.
Notre Dame spokesman Andre Finot told French media: “Everything is burning, nothing will remain from the frame.”
The cathedral is home to incalculable works of art and is one of the world’s most famous tourist attractions.
The cause of the blaze isn’t yet known, but scaffolding could be seen on the roof of the burning structure. The spire was undergoing renovation.
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(NBC CHICAGO) — A raging fire was seen at the famed Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on Monday, sending smoke billowing over the city, according to video posted online from the scene.
Paris Prefecture police confirmed the fire and asked the public to avoid the area.
Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo called the fire “terrible” in a tweet, adding that firefighters were trying to control the flames.
Video showed the spire and part of the roof, all encased by scafolding, on fire.
The centuries-old cathedral in the heart of Paris is a religious and architectural icon.