Update 3:36 PM ET: It is nighttime in Paris. Firefighters are still battling the blaze and have been racing to save historic art. Locals are hoping the stones hold up.

Update 2 PM ET: The roof of the cathedral has completely burned and collapsed.

PARIS (AP)—Firefighters are battling a massive blaze at the French capital’s iconic Notre Dame Cathedral.

Flames and black smoke were seen shooting from the base of the medieval church’s spire on Monday.

The peak of the church is undergoing a 6 million-euro ($6.8 million) renovation project.

French media quoted the Paris fire brigade saying the fire is “potentially linked” to the renovation work.

Detail of the religious statue representing St. Thomas in reference to French architect Eugene Viollet Le Duc perched atop Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral is loaded on a truck as part of a restoration, in Paris, on April 11, 2019. The 16 greenish-gray copper statues, which represent the twelve apostles and four evangelists, are lowered by a 105 yard crane onto a truck to be taken for restoration in southwestern France. (AP/Francois Mori)

Vanessa Rios Gomez|BL Staff contributed to this report.

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