Spire collapses as huge fire rips through Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris

Speaking to Metro.co.uk, one witness said: ‘Started watching when it was smoking under the spire and near the scaffolding.

‘The smoke turned yellow and quite low in the sky – fire started blazing over the roof and now heading to the two towers.’

Notre Dame – which means ‘Our Lady’ – was build in 1160 and completed by 1260, and has been modified on a number of occasions throughout the century.

It is the cathedral of the Archdiocese of Paris, and is vistied by some 12million people every year.

French President Emmanuel Macron has cancelled his planned speech to the nation in light of the ‘terrible fire’, said an official at the president’s Elysee office.

The news came as the fire spread towards the giant spire of the cathedral, as crowds gathered in nearby squares.

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo says firefighters are trying to contain the blaze.

More to follow.

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