“Nothing will remain from the frame” of France’s iconic Notre Dame Cathedral once the fire that has been ravaging the historic Catholic church for hours is finally extinguished, a spokesman for the cathedral said Monday.
The cathedral’s spire and entire roof have collapsed due to the fire, The Catholic News Agency reports:
“The Cathedrale Notre-Dame is on fire, according to the Paris fire department. Multiple eyewitnesses shared photos and videos of the cathedral with visible plumes of smoke and flames across the cathedral’s roof.”
“The historic spire of the cathedral collapsed shortly before 8pm. The entire cathedral roof appears to have collapsed, while the fire continues to burn within the main structure.”
“Notre Dame spokesman Andre Finot told French media: ‘Everything is burning, nothing will remain from the frame,’” Fox 59 reports.
The cathedral has been a Catholic treasure for more than 800 years old, Notre Dame Cathedral Paris notes:
“One of the most notable monuments in Paris (and in all of Europe for that matter) is the Notre Dame Cathedral. This Catholic treasure is over 800 years old. It is located on a small island called the Ile de la Cite in the middle of the River Seine. The building of the cathedral was completed over the course of 200 years; it was started in 1163 during the reign of King Louis VII and was completed in 1345.”