The Notre Dame Cathedral, one of the most historic landmarks in Paris and one of the most popular tourist attractions in the world, caught fire Monday evening and is at least partially destroyed.
Video and photos posted on social media showed flames engulfing the church, before both the ceiling and the 90 meter — 295 foot — spire collapsed, drawing gasps and moans of disbelief from witnesses.
Police said there were no deaths and it is unclear if there were any injuries. The fire broke out just before 7 p.m., minutes after the cathedral closed to the public. Around 30,000 people visit the church daily.