“Everything is burning, nothing will remain from the frame,” said Notre Dame spokesman Andre Finot, reported by multiple outlets earlier in the evening. The Associated Press reported that Paris’ Deputy Mayor Emmanuel Gregoire said first responders were making efforts to salvage whatever art and historic pieces they can.
As previously reported, most -- if not all -- of the centuries-old cathedral's roof has collapsed, along with its iconic spire. Unconfirmed reports state that the three medieval rose windows exploded from the heat, The Guardian reported.
Firetrucks initially could not reach the scene, the isolated Ile de la Cité, due to late-day traffic. As the iconic 19th-century central spire collapsed, onlookers filmed the scene and sang hymns.
Notre Dame sees an estimated 13 million visitors a year, anywhere between 30,000 and 50,000 people daily, making it Paris’ most touristed site.