UPDATE: Paris fire commander, Jean-Claude Gallet, has stated that the iconic twin bell towers that stand at the building’s grand entry have been saved. However, the medieval wooden interior has suffered “colossal damage”.
The Crown of Thorns, the cathedral’s most precious relic, has also been saved.
PREVIOUS UPDATE: The roof of Notre Dame Cathedral has collapsed!
The Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris has caught fire causing permanent damage. It is unknown if the cathedral will survive this devastating fire.
It remains unclear how the fire was started.
André Finot, a spokesman for the cathedral, stated that the fire started in the spire of the cathedral.
The Notre Dame Cathedral is an icon of Paris, its foundation was laid by Pope Alexander III in 1163 with the high alter being consecrated in 1189.