Over 500 Paris firefighters have been deployed to rescue the historic Catholic Church building, Notre-Dame de Paris.
The sad event is happening at a time when Christians and Catholic faith are celebrating the holy week in preparation to Easter.
The famous Notre-Dame cathedral caught Paris fire and rapidly spread across the building.
I’m in fucking Paris and Notre Dame just burned down and I witnessed the whole fucking thing. What a fucking time to be alive pic.twitter.com/bF9eHewsk9
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Efforts are being made to tackle the fire which broke out on Monday afternoon, but, so far, the cathedral’s spire and roof have since collapsed.
A spokesman for the cathedral said the whole structure was “burning”.
“There will be nothing left,” he said. “It remains to be seen whether the vault, which protects the cathedral, will be affected or not.”
The historic France edifice which is about eight hundred and fifty six years old(856) was built in 1345.
It ground breaking ceremony was done in 1163 and completed in 1345 according to Wikipedia.
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The flame attracted hundreds of spectators who gathered around the masterpiece building to observe the flames while others pray in silence.
However, the French President ,Emmanuel Macron has arrived at the scene, said his thoughts were with “all Catholics and all French people.”
Mr Macron has cancelled his planned speech to the nation following the fire, an Élysée Palace official said.
Historian Camille Pascal told French broadcaster BFMTV the fire was destroying “invaluable heritage.”
He said: “For 800 years the Cathedral has watched over Paris.
“Happy and unfortunate events for centuries have been marked by the bells of Notre Dame.
“We can be only horrified by what we see”.
The cause of the fire is not yet clear, but officials speculate that it could be linked to renovation work.
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Meanwhile, a whole lot of Catholic faith have gathered praying and signing Ave Maria hymes at the scene.
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