Spire Falls At Paris' Notre Dame As Cathedral Is Engulfed In Flames

Ablaze: Notre Dame Catherdal in Paris engulfed in fire

President Donald Trump, 72, suggested using "flying water tankers" to put out the massive fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in a viral tweet on April. 15, and it didn't take long for many of his followers to mock his words with various memes and other responses.

While the cause of the fire remains unknown, renovations costing $6.8 million were being conducted at the historic cathedral, according to NBC News. The fire brigade are trying to control the fire.

Speaking in Minnesota Monday, Trump said the cathedral was "burning at a level that you rarely see a fire burn".

A photo of the Notre-Dame Cathedral before the fire.

The former USA president called Notre Dame "one of the world's greatest treasures".

Firefighters douse flames rising from the roof at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris.

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby tweeted: "Tonight we pray for the firefighters tackling the tragic #NotreDame fire - and for everyone in France and beyond who watches and weeps for this attractive, sacred place where millions have met with Jesus Christ". Catholic convert Sohrab Ahmari said on Twitter, "Lord God, preserve the relic of the Crown of Thorns". He also said that several paintings were saved, adding that "some were too big" to take down.

French President Emmanuel Macron was rushing to the scene, having cancelled a major televised speech after the blaze broke out. It's a wound to see it devastated by flames.

Its 100-metre-long roof, of which a large section was consumed in the first hour of the blaze, was one of the oldest such structures in Paris, according to the cathedral's website. French authorities said the entire wooden frame of the cathedral is burning as well.

The French Prosecutor's office has opened a criminal investigation into the fire that engulfed Notre Dame Cathedral on Monday, local media reported, citing the French Interior Ministry.

Paris police said there were no deaths so far and the origin of the fire was unknown.

French President Emmanuel Macron expressed his condolences on Twitter.

He extended "thoughts for all the Catholics and all the French".

French writer and historian Camille Pascal says the massive fire has caused "the destruction of invaluable heritage" and "we can be only horrified by what we see". Fire fighters tried to contain the blaze with water hoses and cleared the area around Notre-Dame, which sits on an island in the River Seine and marks the very centre of Paris. Perhaps flying water tankers could be used to put it out. "Must act quickly!" the president tweeted.

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