Breaking News – Notre Dame Cathedral Burns

A massive fire broke out at the famed Notre Dame cathedral in Paris on Monday afternoon, officials said.

Black smoke could be seen from a distance billowing out from the top of the medieval cathedral, while flames leaped out from two of its bell towers. The sight stopped pedestrians in their tracks along the Seine River, which passes under the cathedral.

The cathedral’s main spire has fallen, and there are recovery efforts being made to save artifacts that are irreplaceable.

This is a breaking news story and more will be posted later.