Spire Atop Paris' Iconic Notre Dame Cathedral Collapses in Massive Fire

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Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral, which caught fire on Monday, had reached a "tipping point" and required an expensive makeover after deteriorating for years, experts had previously warned.

Shepard Smith presented breaking news coverage on Fox News Channel, as the inferno spread throughout the bell towers.

A centuries-old crown of thorns made from reeds and gold and the tunic worn by Saint Louis, a 13th century king of France, were saved, Notre-Dame's top administrative cleric, Monsignor Patrick Chauvet said.

On Monday, French President Emmanuel Macron also took to Twitter to express the structure's significance to France and pledge that it would be restored. City representatives say firefighters are working to salvage artwork and artifacts from the cathedral.

The peak of the 12th century cathedral is undergoing a 6 million-euro ($6.8 million) renovation project.

Arson and terror-related motives have been ruled out by French law enforcement officials, who are treating the fire as an accident.

Mayor Anne Hidalgo said in a Twitter message that firefighters are still trying to limit the fire and urged Paris citizens to respect the security perimeter set up around the cathedral.

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The cathedral, which dates back to the 12th century, features in Victor Hugo's classic novel "The Hunchback of Notre-Dame".

Raphaelle Bacqué, a journalist for French newspaper Le Monde, shared the photos on her Twitter account, hours after the medieval Catholic cathedral went up in flames Monday. Remarkably, only one of the about 400 firefighters who battled the blaze was injured, officials said.

The former USA president called Notre Dame "one of the world's greatest treasures".

The wood-and-lead spire was built during that restoration, according to the cathedral's website.

While experts said that the cathedral was not at risk of sudden collapse, many will now be fearing the worst, as parts have already collapsed. Massive plumes of yellow brown smoke is filling the air above Notre Dame Cathedral and ash is falling on tourists and others around the island that marks the center of Paris.

"Notre-Dame belonged to all humanity".

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