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Fire ravages Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris, spire collapses

Fire, Notre Dame, Paris

The flames and smoke plumed from the spire and roof of the cathedral, visited by millions of people a year. Deputy Paris mayor Emmanuel Gregoire told BFM TV the spire "collapsed inwards" and that workers were scrambling "to save all the artworks that can be saved." A spokesman for the cathedral told AFP that the wooden structure supporting the roof was being gutted by the blaze.

"Everything is burning," the spokesman for Notre Dame, Andre Finot, told AFP. The fire service said the blaze could be "potentially linked" to ongoing renovations. President Emmanuel Macron cancelled a major televised policy speech he was due to give on Monday evening over the "terrible fire ravaging Notre-Dame." He was to head to the scene in person, the Elysee announced.

In a tweet he expressed the "emotion of a whole nation" on seeing Notre-Dame ablaze. "Like all my compatriots I am sad to see a part of us burn this evening" he said, expressing solidarity with "all Catholics and all French people." German Chancellor Angela Merkel called Notre-Dame cathedral a "symbol of European culture" as the blaze raged. PTI

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