Large fire underway at iconic Notre Dame cathedral in Paris

Large fire underway at iconic Notre Dame cathedral in Paris

Large fire underway at iconic Notre Dame cathedral in Paris

Notre Dame Cathedral, one of the world's most famous churches, erupted in flames Monday in Paris.

As firefighters battled the blaze, part of the spire of the 12-century monument collapsed.

The spokesperson said that the fire had begun in the cathedral's attic. "We're still working to save the cathedral's work of arts". French media quoted the Paris fire brigade saving the fire is "potentially linked" to a $6.8 million renovation project on the church's spire and its 250 tons of lead.

Massive plumes of yellow brown smoke filled the air above Notre Dame Cathedral.

French President Emmanuel Macron told reporters near the scene that he will seek global help, including the "greatest talents" in the world, to rebuild Notre Dame.

The emergency services were trying to salvage the priceless artwork stored in the cathedral. "Like all citizens, I am sad to see this part of us burn".

President Donald Trump took to Twitter on April. 15 to speak out about the devastating Notre Dame Cathedral fire and gave advice on how to put it out quickly, but Twitter users weren't having it.

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In addition to being a Catholic cathedral where Mass is offered daily, Notre Dame is also an extremely popular tourist spot owing to its architecture and historical significance. Victor Hugo's novel "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" in 1831 helped to bring popular interest to the cathedral.

The US president has tweeted that "flying water tankers" should be used to combat the blaze, which has devastated the 850-year-old cathedral.

Later, while in Minnesota for a speech on the economy, Trump called the fire "one of the true catastrophes" and said "the television images he'd watched during his flight were "a awful sight to behold". "It is one of Paris' most popular attractions, drawing an estimated 13 million visitors a year". "What a horror. I share the emotion of the French nation which is also ours".

The Friends of Notre Dame foundation has even been seeking to raise a massive €150 million ($180 million) from French citizens and Francophiles in the U.S. to help foot the bill for a major facelift. Thinking of all Catholics and all French people.

"I have a lot of friends who live overseas, and every time they come I tell them to go to Notre-Dame", said witness Samantha Silva, with tears in her eyes.

Soule and her father, Win Soule, 58, and Libby Heselton, 53, are on a weeklong trip to Paris where they planned to "see all the sights" and had just finished their visit to Notre Dame.

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