Heartbreaking photos show the 800-year-old Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris burning to the ground


A firefighter tackles the blaze as flames and smoke rise from Notre Dame cathedral as it burns in Paris, Monday, April 15, 2019.

The Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris caught fire on Monday, causing devastating damage to the structure.
Notre-Dame spokesman Andre Finot told French media that “nothing will remain” of the cathedral’s frame when the fire is finally put out.
The cathedral was in the midst of a $169-million restoration project when the fire broke out.
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The Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris caught fire on Monday evening, destroying the structure in the heart of French’s capital.

It remains unclear how the fire started. The 800-year-old cathedral was in the middle of a $6.8 million renovation project on the spire, the Associated Press reported. That renovation was part of a larger $169 million restoration project.

Flames first engulfed the iconic cathedral’s roof — taking down the building’s spire — before spreading to its wooden frame. Firefighters had trouble reaching the flames due to the cathedral’s height; its spire was 295 feet high.

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Notre-Dame spokesman Andre Finot told French media that “nothing will remain” from the cathedrals’ frame.

Police have not reported any deaths or injuries as a result of the blaze. Officials hope to salvage relics that were inside at the time of the fire, including The Crown of Thorns.

Here’s what the Notre-Dame looked like as firefighters battled the blaze.

The fire at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris broke out at 6:50 p.m. local time.

It remains unclear how the fire started. The cathedral was undergoing a $150 million euro restoration project.

The cathedral’s spire collapsed less than an hour after the fire began.

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