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.
— SRB BREAKING NEWS (@news_srb) April 15, 2019
A fire has broken out in the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris.
Hope they get this under control. pic.twitter.com/e7YYqZSL5G
— Complex (@Complex) April 15, 2019
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.
— GPN France (@FranceGPN) April 15, 2019
Vanessa Rios Gomez|BL Staff contributed to this report.