A fire has broken out at the famous Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris and has spread rapidly across the building, the BBC has reported.
The cause is not yet clear, but officials say that it could be linked to renovation work.
A major operation to tackle the blaze is under way at the 850-year-old Gothic building, but the cathedral’s spire has collapsed.
Last year, the Catholic Church in France appealed for funds to save the building, which was crumbling.
A spokesman for the cathedral said the whole structure was burning and “there will be nothing left.”
The blaze broke out on Monday afternoon and an area surrounding the building has been cleared.