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Notre Dame fire: Spire collapses as devastating inferno rips through Notre Dame cathedral

Notre Dame fire: Spire collapses as devastating inferno rips through Notre Dame cathedral

Notre Dame on fire in ParilFirefighters are battling a massive fire at the Notre Dame de Paris  cathedral. Videos from social media show flames shooting out of the  historic building and smoke billowing into the sky.

The fire started at 6:50 p.m. local time, according to city fire officials, who said it is spreading quickly.

It does not look criminal and could be connected to recent  restoration  work of the church, according to officials. French media  quoted the  Paris fire brigade saving the fire is “potentially linked”  to a 6  million-euro ($6.8 million) renovation project on the church’s  spire and  its 250 tons of lead.

It is unclear whether  there are any  injuries. Crowds stopped in their tracks along the Seine  River, which  passes under the island where the cathedral stands.

Update: the Notre Dame spire has collapsed.  The entire roof is engulfed in flames.

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