"Everything is burning, nothing will remain from the frame," Notre Dame spokesperson
First responders are working to salvage art and other priceless pieces stored in the cathedral, Deputy Mayor
Authorities advised people to steer clear of the area to allow emergency vehicles access.
The cause of the fire was not clear, but it was possibly linked to renovation work, officials said, as reported by
A €6 million (
Videos circulating social media showed the cathedral engulfed in flames.
The cathedral, which is located on a small island in the middle of the River Seine, was built over the course of nearly 200 years, according to the monument's official site. Construction began in 1163 during
Notre Dame has been home to monumental events, including Henry VI's crowning in 1431. At once in "a stage of total disrepair" and on the brink of being demolished, Napoleon saved the building and crowned himself Emperor inside the cathedral in 1804.
The building was once again threatened during WWII when it was feared German soldiers may destroy stained glass that was newly installed in the restored building. The glass was removed and reinstalled after the war had ended.
Dubbed "our lady," Notre Dame is still used for Sunday Mass by the
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