The French Interior Ministry official has said that firefighters might not be able to save Notre Dame Cathedralas the Spire of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris collapsed on Monday, 15 April, after a massive fire broke out.
The flames and smoke plumed from the spire and roof of the gothic cathedral.
An official from the French Interior Ministry says 400 firefighters are at the scene of the fire but might they not be able to save Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, reported AP.
Secretary of State to the Minister of the Interior Laurent Nunez, speaking to reporters at the scene, said the devastating fire is not limited yet to a certain area and might continue to expand.
Cause of the fire at the cathedral, Nunez said, is unknown.
A spokesman for the cathedral told AFP that the wooden structure supporting the roof was being gutted by the blaze.
The fire service said the blaze could be “potentially linked” to ongoing renovations. Notre Dame spokesman Andre Finot told French media: “Everything is burning, nothing will remain from the frame.”
The mammoth fire that destroyed the spire of Notre Dame Cathedral has spread to one of the church’s landmark rectangular towers, AP reported.
French President Emmanuel Macron cancelled hi address to the nation because of the massive fire. He tweeted about the blaze broke and said “sad to see a part of us being on fire.”
He extended “thoughts for all the Catholics and all the French”. His administration says Macron is heading to Notre Dame.
No Death Has Been Reported: Police
Police in Paris say the cause of the massive fire enveloping the spire of Notre Dame Cathedral is not yet known.
The French capital’s police department said no deaths have been reported from Monday’s fire. The police department didn’t say anything about injuries.
The peak of the 12th century cathedral is undergoing a 6 million-euro ($6.8 million) renovation project.
Located on the Ile de la Cite in the center of Paris, the Gothic cathedral is among the most famous from the Middle Ages and was built on the ruins of two earlier churches.
Efforts Underway To Salvage Art and Other Priceless Pieces
The city Mayor Anne Hidalgo confirmed and said that a “terrible fire” is underway at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris and efforts are underway to control the flames.
The deputy mayor of Paris has said that Notre Dame Cathedral has suffered “colossal damages” from a fire that started in the spire and caused it to collapse.
Deputy Mayor Emmanuel Gregoire said first responders are trying to salvage the art and other priceless pieces stored in the cathedral, reported The Associated Press.
A spokesperson for the cathedral said the fire, which comes as French Catholics prepare to celebrate Easter, broke out at around 1650 GMT.
Reacting to the fire, President Trump has suggested that fire can be put out with the use of flying water tankers.
Expressing sorrow, London Mayor Sadiq Khan tweeted visuals of the Cathedral in flames and said, “London stands in sorrow with Paris today, and in friendship always.”
(With inputs from AP and AFP)