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Ablaze: Notre Dame Catherdal in Paris engulfed in fire

French President Emmanuel Macron has promised to rebuild Notre Dame Cathedral and says he is seeking worldwide help to restore the Paris landmark.

A centuries-old crown of thorns made from reeds and gold and the tunic worn by Saint Louis, a 13th century king of France, were saved, Notre-Dame's top administrative cleric, Monsignor Patrick Chauvet said. An official from the French Interior Ministry told the Associated Press 400 firefighters are at the scene of the fire.

Sparks fill the air as Paris Fire brigade members spray water to extinguish flames as the Notre Dame Cathedral burns in Paris, France, April 15, 2019.

Late Monday, signs pointed to the fire nearing an end as lights could be seen through the windows moving around the front of the cathedral, apparently investigators inspecting the scene. France's Civil Security agency said that wasn't feasible.

It's unclear what caused the fire but officials are treating it as accidental, Reuters reported.

First lady Melania Trump said it was heartbreaking to see the fire.

"Deeply saddened by the news of the fire at Notre Dame". Paris emergency services were also racing to salvage the artwork stored inside the cathedral. The cathedral was undergoing a $6.8 million restoration project.

During an economic roundtable, President Trump said, "a bad sight to behold. It's a part of our growing up, it's a part of our culture, it's a part of our lives".

Our Notre-Dame de Paris burning!

Videos posted to social media showed the spire collapse as flamed billowed on both sides of the roof.

The statement says the Vatican is praying for firefighters "and those who are doing everything possible to confront this dramatic situation" on Monday. "My prayers are with the people of Paris".

Earlier today, the commander had warned that "we are not sure if we will be able to stop the spreading of the flames to the North Tower", sparking fears the cathedral's structure may be a loss. Noble in architecture and art, it has always been a symbol of the transcendent human spirit as well as our longing for God. It is geographically at the heart of Paris, as it is kilometre zero.

We're sending our healing thoughts to all those affected by the fire and hope comfort can be found in this time of sadness.

"I am following minute by minute the fire that is preying on Notre Dame".

The cathedral is a world-wide Parisian icon and site of some of the most important moments in the history of France.

In 1801 AD, the new ruler, Napoleon Bonaparte, ordered the cathedral to be restored.

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