The Notre Dame cathedral, one of the most iconic and historic landmarks in Paris, capital of France, was in flames on Monday evening.
Videos and photos spread though social media platforms showing the roof and spire of the 856-year-old cathedral, according to its website, engulfed in flames.
The roof of the cathedral collapsed as the fire ripped through the structure while massive amounts of smoke billowed up from its roof.
— Patrick Galey (@patrickgaley) April 15, 2019
While no injuries have been reported as of the time this report was filed, authorities are still looking into the cause of the fire — that ripped through one of the most popular tourist attractions in the world.
President Emmanuel Macron as mourned the incident in a tweet. He also promised that he will be going to the scene of the fire, according to an Elysee official.
Notre-Dame de Paris en proie aux flammes. Émotion de toute une nation. Pensée pour tous les catholiques et pour tous les Français. Comme tous nos compatriotes, je suis triste ce soir de voir brûler cette part de nous.
— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) April 15, 2019
“Our Lady of Paris in flames. Emotion of a whole nation. Thoughts go out to all Catholics and all of France. Like all our countrymen, I’m sad tonight to see this part of us burn,” his tweet reads in English.
Macron also cancelled his planned speech to the nation following the fire, the Élysée Palace official added.
President Donald Trump also addressed the fire in a tweet, describing the fire outbreak as “horrible.”
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
“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!,” Trump wrote.