Today, a huge fire consumed Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, gutting and destroying the roof of the famous landmark and stunning France and the rest of the world, however, firefighters said that they were able to save the shell of the stone structure from collapse.
Flames that started in the early evening rapidly burst through the roof of the centuries-old cathedral and engulfed the spire, which toppled. It was quickly followed by the entire roof.
As it burned into the evening, the firefighters on the scene battled to prevent one of the main bell towers from collapsing. A firefighter was seriously injured and he was the only reported casualty.
Jean-Claude Gallet, the Paris fire chief, told reporters at the scene: “We now believe that the two towers of Notre-Dame have been saved.”
He added: “We now consider that the main structure of Notre-Dame has been saved and preserved.”
However, he said that there was still a risk that some of the interior structures could collapse, and the firefighters would work overnight to cool them down.
Distraught Parisians and shocked tourists gazed in disbelief as the inferno erupted at the cathedral, which sits on the Ile de la Cite, an island in the River Seine and marks the very center of Paris.
Thousands of onlookers lined bridges over Seine and along its embankments, held at a distance by a police cordon.
World leaders uttered their shock and sent condolences to the people of France. Emmanuel Macron, the President of France said that the whole nation was distressed.
He said in a tweet: “Like all our compatriots, I am sad this evening to see this part of all of us burn.”