Rabat – Notre Dame Cathedral, one of the famous landmarks in Paris caught fire Monday evening.
The fire broke out over the whole building causing the collapse of part of the cathedral’s roof and spire. Firefighters are now trying to extinguish the huge blaze.
French police said that the fire could be related to renovation work and reported no deaths or injuries.
Photos and videos of the blaze have spread rapidly over social media networks.
French President Emmanuel Macron expressed his sadness over the incident in a tweet.
Notre-Dame de Paris en proie aux flammes. Émotion de toute une nation. Pensée pour tous les catholiques et pour tous les Français. Comme tous nos compatriotes, je suis triste ce soir de voir brûler cette part de nous.
— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) April 15, 2019
“Notre-Dame de Paris in flames. Emotion of a whole nation. Thoughts for all Catholics and for all French. Like all our compatriots, I am sad tonight to see this part of us burn,” he tweeted.
France built the famous cathedral in the 12th and 13th centuries. The cathedral is Paris’s most popular tourist destination, receiving 13 million visitors per year, according to EU Touring. The cathedral is home to many religious relics and has a 600-year-old organ.