The world-renowned Notre Dame cathedral in Paris went up in flames last night. The blaze destroyed the iconic building’s roof as well as its famous spire.

The sheer magnitude of the destruction caused by the flames carried the news of the fire far and wide as the people of Paris watched on while the historic building burned.

This legendary cathedral welcomes roughly 13-million visitors each year and public figures around the world expressed their dismay as the flames continued to rise.

Flames engulfed the structure for roughly eight hours and were mostly extinguished by this morning. Firefighters battled the flames to prevent the main bell tower from collapsing and also worked to save treasured religious artifacts stored in the church from destruction.

French President Emmanuel Macron announced plans to restore the much-loved building to its previous glory.

“We will rebuild it together. It will undoubtedly be part of French destiny and our project for the years to come,” he said.

The Paris prosecutor’s office opened an investigation into the fire soon after the blaze began. Late Monday, prosecutors said their preliminary findings suggested the huge fire had been started accidentally.

As one of the symbols of France burned Parisians watched on in horror and social media was alight with sadness and shock at the news of the fire.

 

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