What Caused Devastating Notre Dame Cathedral Fire?
The fire turned into a conflagration, as 52 acres of centuries-old wood that held the iconic building together, fueled its growth.
France's top prosecutor has opened an investigation into the fire. (heavy.com)
The building was undergoing a $6.8 million renovation project on badly needed improvements, The Associated Press reported.
Flames were seen billowing from the historic Catholic cathedral at around 7 pm local time in Paris.
The fire did an enormous amount of damage to the structure, causing the 750-ton spire atop the cathedral to collapse.
TERRIBLE ||— Frank S Wise (@FrankSW_TX) April 15, 2019
A terrible fire is burning at Notre Dame cathedral in Paris. pic.twitter.com/WkeGGbOSv5
Police say no deaths have been reported as a result of the fire. It’s unclear if anyone was injured.
Church spokesman Andre Finot said the entire structure – one of the ten most-visited in the world – will likely be a total loss.
"There will be nothing left," Finot told the BBC. "It remains to be seen whether the vault, which protects the cathedral, will be affected or not."