Catastrophic fire engulfs iconic Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris

Catastrophic fire engulfs iconic Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris

The iconic Paris landmark was hit with a major fire just days after the new restoration work had begun on the building.

Former Montrealer Jennifer Leblanc is staying with a local family as she visits Paris and said that the building means a lot to them and the country.

The blaze collapsed the cathedral's spire, which had been shrouded in scaffolding as part of a 6 million-euro ($6.8 million) renovation project on the spire and its 250 tons of lead. He added that two-thirds of the cathedral's roof "has been ravaged" and confirmed that one firefighter was injured, the only known injury from the fire.

Earlier today, the commander had warned that "we are not sure if we will be able to stop the spreading of the flames to the North Tower", sparking fears the cathedral's structure may be a loss.

The fire came less than a week before Easter amid Holy Week commemorations.

On Monday, French President Emmanuel Macron also took to Twitter to express the structure's significance to France and pledge that it would be restored. However, the historic building was reportedly undergoing renovations.

Twitter users shared their memories of visiting Notre Dame in response to the blaze. He pledged to rebuild the church and said he would seek worldwide help to do so.

"There are a lot of art works inside ... it's a real tragedy", Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo told reporters at the scene.

"When you look at [the cathedral] from the front, there is no problem", Friends of Notre-Dame head Michel Picaud told the Times. "But when you go behind the scenes, that's when things start to go downhill". Its priceless treasures also include a Catholic relic, the crown of thorns, which is only occasionally displayed, including on Fridays during Lent.

Historian Camille Pascal spoke to French broadcaster BFMTV, saying the fire was destroying "invaluable heritage".

"Everything is burning, nothing will remain from the frame", said Notre Dame spokesman Andre Finot, calling the damage "colossal".

"For 800 years the Cathedral has watched over Paris".

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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