The Margin: Notre Dame’s spire collapses as fire and smoke engulf the Paris cathedral

The Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris caught fire Monday and, as firefighters worked to contain the intensifying blaze, the structure’s iconic spire collapsed.

Here’s the footage:

The fire started at 6:50 p.m. local time, according to the Paris fire department. A spokesperson for the cathedral described the damage to French media as “colossal.” First responders were trying to salvage the priceless art that was stored inside the cathedral, ABC News reported.

Hours later, French Deputy Interior Minister Laurent Nunez announced, according to the BBC, that the fire has “decreased in intensity” and “the structure of the building is saved, including the north tower.

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