LIVE: Notre Dame Cathedral ‘Largely Destroyed,’ Trump Responds as World Mourns

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April 15, 2019Apr 15, 2019

Horrifying video is coming in of the 856-year-old Notre Dame Cathedral engulfed in flames in Paris.

The beloved Gothic cathedral has withstood the test of time, having been damaged in wars and revolutions. It is the most famous cathedral in France — and one of the most famous buildings in the world — and has been featured in numerous stories throughout the centuries. It was also where Napoleon Bonaparte was crowned emperor in 1804.

But on Monday, it erupted in flames around 1 p.m. Eastern for reasons not yet determined. The building is currently under renovation. Scaffolding could be seen amidst the flames shooting out of the roof.

Shortly before 2 p.m. Eastern, the iconic 300-foot spire collapsed. The roof caved in not much later.

A church spokesman told CBS that by 2:15 p.m., the entire frame of the cathedral was on fire. Church officials had been preparing the inside of the building for Easter.

An eyewitness estimated that the flames were 200 to 250 feet high. 

Firefighters were able to save numerous priceless artworks and religious artifacts in the building as the blaze spread. As of 2:25 p.m. Eastern, there were no reports of deaths or injuries.

By 3 p.m. Eastern, the fire was still raging but the structure was deemed "largely destroyed."

"Everything is burning, nothing will remain from the frame," Notre Dame spokesperson Andre Finot said, according to CBS News.

Incredibly, the building has been saved from total destruction, according to The Hill.

See the live footage below as firefighters race to save the structure:

President Trump, First Lady Melania, and First Daughter Ivanka responded to the fire on Twitter:

Trump later said, "It's one of the great treasures of the world. It's part of our culture, it's part of our lives. That is a truly great cathedral and I've been there, I've seen it, and there is... no cathedral in the world like it. It looks like it's burning to the ground."

This story is still developing.

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