Notre Dame, the landmark medieval Catholic cathedral in Paris, was ravaged by a massive fire on Monday. Damage to the historic building -- completed in 1345 -- and its troves of priceless contents appears to be horrific.
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Firefighters responded to the blaze late on Monday afternoon local time, according to a report by BBC News, but the flames continued to rip through Notre Dame as night fell on Paris. So far, the cause of the massive fire is still unclear, but reportedly could have something to do with renovation work at the historic cathedral. Officials said at least one firefighter was injured while battling the blaze and the damage to the iconic structure looks to be catastrophic.
The overall structure of Notre Dame, however, has been saved from total destruction, according to French officials. As NBC News reports, a French interior ministry official shortly said before midnight that both of the cathedral's towers are safe.
While it's too early to know the full extent of the destruction, reports and images that have emerged from the scene are devastating. Much of the centuries-old cathedral's roof had collapsed, along with its iconic spire. The fire also spread to one of the cathedral's main rectangular towers at one point, the Associated Press reported.