A major fire has broken out at the extraordinary Notre Dame Cathedral — one of the most visited landmarks in the world — in central Paris on Monday.
As tourists stood back and watched in shock and fear, firefighters continued to try to clear the area so that first responders and others could begin to tend to the damaged building.
It was not immediately clear what caused the flames, although the building — more than 800 years old — had been undergoing renovations recently.
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President Donald Trump tweeted this message about the fire on Monday:
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 15, 2019
Many media outlets and others shared reports, images and emotions as well.
Here are just a few of those tweets:
Spire partially collapses during fire at Notre Dame Cathedral. Devastating. pic.twitter.com/xvi82M3XKh
— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) April 15, 2019
The mayor of Paris tweeted that they are in the midst of a terrible fire at the cathedral, and that Paris firefighters are trying to control the flames. https://t.co/Cjg1ezoRuq
— NPR (@NPR) April 15, 2019
— Mirror Breaking News (@MirrorBreaking_) April 15, 2019
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— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) April 15, 2019
Boats were going to be coming down the Seine River to try to help thwart the flames, Fox News reported.
“Seeing that spire come down will resonate — not only across France but across the world,” noted reporter Benjamin Hall on Fox News on Monday at about 2:05 p.m. Eastern.
Notre Dame, a medieval Catholic cathedral, is considered one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture in the world.
Fire trucks could be seen shooting water into the center of the building as reports also emerged of large crowds continuing to gather to watch the fire in progress.
Many people in Paris were said to be in shock and some in tears as they watched the tragedy unfold, according to news reports.
No injuries or deaths have currently been reported.
As of approximately 4:15 p.m. Eastern, reports emerged that firefighters might not be able to save the cathedral, according to a French Interior Ministry official.
This story has been updated.