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Spire of Notre-Dame cathedral collapses in huge fire: deputy Paris mayor

Apr 16. 2019
The steeple of the landmark Notre-Dame Cathedral collapses as the cathedral is engulfed in flames in central Paris on April 15, 2019. /AFP
The steeple of the landmark Notre-Dame Cathedral collapses as the cathedral is engulfed in flames in central Paris on April 15, 2019. /AFP
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PARIS -The spire of Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris collapsed on Monday as a huge fire ravaged the roof of the famed gothic monument, deputy Paris mayor Emmanuel Gregoire told BFM TV, describing "colossal damage".

(FILES) This combination of file photographs shows the steeple Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral - (L) taken on June 26, 2018 showing sculptures and the steeple and (R) the steeple of the landmark cathedral collapsing as the cathedral is engulfed in flames in central Paris on April 15, 2019./AFP

Gregoire said the spire "collapsed inwards" and that workers were scrambling "to save all the artworks that can be saved."

President Emmanuel Macron was on his way to the scene.

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