Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris Catches Fire

Paris police say the historic Notre Dame Cathedral has caught fire. 

The roof of the nearly 900-year-old cathedral is engulfed in flames, with massive amounts of smoke billowing up from the roof. The spire has already collapsed.

A church spokesman says the entire wooden interior of the 12th century landmark is burning and likely to be destroyed.

Right now, it’s not clear what caused the fire or how the fight to suppress the flames has progressed.

Notre Dame was constructed in 1163 during the reign of King Louis VII and was completed in 1345. The cathedral is a world-wide Parisian icon and site of some of the most important moments in the history of France. Henry VI of England was crowned inside the cathedral in 1431 and Napoleon Bonaparte was crowned Emperor of France inside the cathedral in 1804.