Massive fire engulfs Notre Dame cathedral


A massive fire that struck the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris is now under control.

It broke out on Monday evening and quickly spread, causing the collapse of the cathedral's spire and the destruction of its roof structure, which dated back to the 13th century.

Firefighters managed to stop the flames spreading to the iconic towers of the 12th-century building, and its façade has also been saved.

By early Tuesday morning, officials said the fire was under control and several invaluable artefacts had been rescued.

President Emmanuel Macron, who visited the site said a fund will be launched to help pay for what could be a massive reconstruction project.

The exact cause of the fire is still unclear, but as our Paris correspondent Elena Casas explains, renovation work has been taking place at the cathedral recently.

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