The main spire and part of the roof of the iconic Paris landmark have collapsed during the conflagration, which firefighters were able to control enough late Monday to prevent the entire structure’s collapse, a fire official said. The 12th-Century cathedral suffered “colossal damage” as its spire collapsed inward while engulfed in flames. No deaths have been reported, but President Emmanuel Macron said he and the nation were sad “to see this part of us burning.”
What might have caused this? Police quoted by French media said the fire is “potentially linked” to a $6.8 million renovation of the spire.