Notre Dame Cathedral went up in flames on Monday, 15th April, in a roaring blaze that devastated the Parisian landmark, a searing loss for the city and for France.
As reported by Reuters, flames that began in the early evening burst through the roof of the centuries-old cathedral and engulfed the spire, which collapsed, quickly followed by the entire roof.
The wood and lead spire was built during a restoration in the mid-19th century.
A huge plume of smoke wafted across the city and ash fell over a large area.
Firefighters cleared the area around Notre-Dame, which sits on an island in the River Seine and marks the very centre of Paris. Buildings around were evacuated.
According to the cathedral's website, it was in the midst of renovations, with some sections under scaffolding. Bronze statues were removed last week for works.
President Emmanuel Macron, who cancelled an important address to the nation that he was due to give later on Monday evening, was heading to the location of the fire, as stated by presidential official.
Macron tweeted, "Like all our compatriots, I am sad this evening to see this part of all of us burn.”
Junior interior minister Nunez stated that no injuries had been reported, adding that authorities are still examining the cause of the fire.
US President Donald Trump expressed horror at the fire and tweeted, "So horrible to watch the massive fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Perhaps flying water tankers could be used to put it out. Must act quickly!"
UNESCO expressed its sadness over the accident adding that it stands by France to protect and preserve this historic building.
The cathedral, which dates back to the 12th century, attracts millions of tourists every year.