The iconic spire at the top of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris in France collapsed after a major fire broke out Monday evening.
Concise News reports that videos showed part of the roof of the cathedral collapsing onto itself.
The flames were under control but still not extinguished, French Junior Interior Minister Laurent Nunez told a Tuesday morning news conference, the Reuters news agency reports.
Paris fire chief Jean-Claude Gallet told reporters Monday evening he believed firefighters had managed to save the cathedral’s landmark rectangular towers from the blaze, Reuters said. There was still a risk that some of the interior structures could collapse, he said.
A Paris deputy mayor, Emmanuel Gregoire, said the cathedral had suffered “colossal damages”, adding that French president Emmanuel Macron has vowed to rebuild the landmark.
Parisian authorities said they were ruling out arson and possible terror-related motives as possible causes — at least at the moment — and treating the blaze as an accident, according to The Associated Press.