Notre-Dame's Main Structure Has Been "Saved and Preserved" Following Massive Blaze
Update, Paris, 11 p.m. — Notre-Dame's main structure has been "saved and preserved," according to a Paris fire official. "We can consider that the two towers of the north belfry Notre-Dame have been saved," he told BFMTV. "The structure of Our Lady is saved as a whole."
Original post: Smoke filled the air in Paris after a fire broke out at the historic Notre-Dame Cathedral around 6:30 p.m. on April 15. While the cause of the fire was not immediately apparent, French authorities say it may be linked to ongoing renovation work, according to BBC. Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo announced the news on Twitter, writing, "The Paris firefighters are currently trying to stop the flames. I ask everyone to respect the security boundaries."
The building was evacuated, with no immediate signs of anyone being injured, said André Finot, a spokesman for the cathedral. Built in the 12th and 13th century, the 850-year-old cathedral had its original spire removed in 1786, as it had weakened over time. See videos from onlookers and photos of the devastating event ahead.