Flames rise from Notre Dame Cathedral as it burns in Paris on Monday [Thibault Camus/AP]
Notre Dame Cathedral went up in flames on Monday in a roaring blaze that devastated the Parisian icon – a searing loss for the city and for France.
Flames that began in the early evening burst through the roof of the centuries-old cathedral and engulfed the spire, which quickly collapsed followed by the entire roof.
A huge plume of smoke wafted across the city and ash fell over a large area. Parisians watched on, many of them lost for words.
Reaction from around the world was swift.
The Catholic Church in the Holy Land said it is praying the fire was “not intentional” while expressing solidarity with the