A devastating fire that began on Monday afternoon has destroyed the roof of the 850-year-old UNESCO world heritage landmark, whose spectacular Gothic spire collapsed before the eyes of horrified onlookers.

Summary

  • A devastating fire that began on Monday afternoon has destroyed the roof of the 850-year-old UNESCO world heritage landmark, whose spectacular Gothic spire collapsed before the eyes of horrified onlookers.

  • The main structure of Notre Dame, as well as its two towers, has been saved, according to the Paris fire brigade chief.

  • The blaze has been brought under control, firefighters confirmed in the early hours of Tuesday morning. “The fire is completely under control. It is partially extinguished, there are residual fires to put out,” said a spokesman.
  • French president Emmanuel Macron said the worst has been avoided, but warned the fire would likely continue to burn for several days, cautioning: “the battle is not yet totally won”. He praised the courage and professionalism of firefighters.

  • Macron asked the country to commit to rebuilding Notre Dame together, announcing an international fundraising campaign to raise money for the repairs. A site taking online donations has been launched.

  • French billionaire François-Henri Pinault, the chairman and CEO of international luxury group Kering, pledged 100 million euros towards rebuilding Notre Dame, according to a statement.

  • One firefighter was injured in the efforts to save the building.

  • Expressions of support and commiseration have poured in from leaders around the world.

Fire now under control

A spokesman for the French firefighters says the cathedral fire is now under control.

“The fire is completely under control. It is partially extinguished, there are residual fires to put out,” said a spokesman.

Paris firefighters have spent hours battling the devastating blaze at Notre Dame, saving the main structure of the Gothic cathedral from total destruction.

Updated at 3.09am BSTFacebookTwitter

2h ago02:27

The front pages of French newspapers all lead on the story of the blaze on Tuesday. Their headlines range from “Le coeur en cendres” (The heart in ashes, La Croix), to “Notre Drame” (Our drama, Liberation), to Notre Dame des Larmes (Our Lady of Tears, Le Parisien).

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3h ago02:09

At the same time as the fire broke out at Notre Dame a fire was also burning at Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, the third holiest site in Islam.

The mosque fire was much smaller than the Notre Dame blaze and seems to be under control. The Palestine News Agency, the official outlet of the Palestinian National Authority, reported “the fire broke out in the guard’s room outside the roof of the Marwani Prayer Room, and the fire brigade of the Islamic Waqf handled the matter successfully.”

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