A massive fire engulfed Paris’ famed Notre Dame Cathedral on Monday, as the city’s mayor and firefighters warned people to stay away from the area. Reuters reported that the spire had collapsed.
Smoke billowed from the top of the cathedral as flames ripped through its roof and bell towers. It was not immediately clear what had caused the fire, while local media reported that police in the city were treating it as an accident.
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The cathedral, which dates back to the 12th century and is famous for featuring in Victor Hugo’s classic novel “The Hunchback of Notre-Dame,” attracts millions of tourists every year.