Watch flames destroy famed Notre Dame Cathedral as the historic building burns

Ablaze: Notre Dame Catherdal in Paris engulfed in fire

An AP reporter at the scene of Monday's fire says the roof at the back of the cathedral, behind the nave, is in flames and yellow-brown smoke and ash fill the sky.

"All around the world, all of us feel a certain sadness in our hearts at the thought of the people of Paris losing not only such an astonishing, most attractive cathedral in the world, but their cathedral", Thomas Cardinal Collins said.

Prime Minister Theresa May said: "My thoughts are with the people of France tonight and with the emergency services who are fighting the bad blaze at Notre-Dame cathedral". "I see no hope for the building", said witness Jacek Poltorak told Reuters.

The French capital's police department said no deaths have been reported from Monday's fire.

Mayor Anne Hidalgo said in a Twitter message that firefighters are still trying to limit the blaze and urged Paris citizens to respect the security perimeter set yp around the cathedral.

But his comment that "flying water tankers" would be helpful was somehow even more absurd, showing, once again, that Trump somehow thinks he knows more about how to respond to emergencies than the experts who spend their lives studying the relevant fields. "Notre Dame of Paris isn't a Paris monument or French monument or a European monument but it's really a worldwide monument".

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A center of Roman Catholic faith, over the centuries Notre-Dame has also been a target of political upheaval. The famous cathedral attracts 12 million tourists in Paris every year, partly as a result of the popularity of Victor Hugo's 1831 novel The Hunchback of Notre-Dame and the ensuing Disney film.

Flames were seen coming from Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on the afternoon of April 15, 2019.

Earlier, in a first official Israeli reaction, Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon tweeted that it was "heartbreaking to see this icon of France and world civilization in flames".

While the cause of the fire remains unknown, renovations costing $6.8 million were being conducted at the historic cathedral, according to NBC News. To cover the rest, Picaud helped launch the Friends of Notre-Dame of Paris Foundation.

"Built in the 13th century, the medieval cathedral is considered a feat of architecture as much as a religious symbol", CNN writes. "God preserve this splendid house of prayer, and protect those battling the blaze".

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