PARIS—A sudden fire engulfed Notre Dame Cathedral on Monday, destroying centuries of history in minutes as the world looked on in helpless horror.
Flames pulled down the church’s towering spire in front of gasping onlookers nearby. The inferno burst through iconic stained-glass windows and charred the 800-year-old stone façade, apparently incinerating everything but the church’s skeleton. “Everything is burning,” a Notre Dame spokesperson put it bluntly.
French officials said the cathedral’s external stone structure will survive and that emergency responders salvaged its most precious art. The fire is now under control, according to officials, but firefighters are expected to work through the night.
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