Roof of Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral has completely collapsed

Roof of Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral has completely collapsed

It was not immediately clear what had caused the fire.

A major fire broke out today at the roof of Paris's historic Notre-Dame Cathedral.

In them, enormous plumes of smoke can be seen erupting from the cathedral, with flames leaping up to its bell towers and steeple.

Construction to build the cathedral got underway in the 12th century, though the current arrangements of are mostly the result of renovations carried out in the 19th century following damage during the French Revolution.

CBS3's Vittoria Woodill is on vacation in Paris with her husband and went to the cathedral on their first day in the city.

The French news agency reported that fire officials say the blaze could be "potentially linked" to renovation work at the building.

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.

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"These disgusting images of Notre-Dame on fire are painful", Merkel's spokesman Steffen Seibert said on Twitter.

President Emmanuel Macron postponed a televised speech to the nation because of the stunning blaze and was going to the cathedral himself.

British politicians and religious leaders have expressed their sadness at the devastating fire engulfing Notre Dame cathedral this evening.

The US president has tweeted that "flying water tankers" should be used to combat the blaze, which has devastated the 850-year-old cathedral. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site that attracts millions of tourists every year.

The mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, described it as a bad fire and urged people to respect the boundaries set up by fire crews.

President Donald Trump weighed in on the situation on Twitter, tweeting that it was "so frightful to watch the massive fire" and that officials "must act quickly!"

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