Notre Dame Cathedral has caught fire. This afternoon, multiple eye-witnesses posted images of the iconic church in flames on social media.
Firefighters have also confirmed to the BBC that the 850-year-old cathedral is on currently fire. At this point, the cause of the blaze is unknown, but per the BBC, "officials say it could be linked to renovation work."
The church is currently undergoing a $6.8 million renovation project.
According to the Associated Press, Paris police have also confirmed that there is a fire at Notre Dame, as did the mayor of Paris.
In a tweet, mayor Anne Hidalgo d that "a terrible fire is underway at Notre-Dame Cathedral," and asked for people to clear the area as firefighters try to control the flames.
Based on the images currently circulating, the damage looks extensive, engulfing part of the building's roof. The spire has also fallen at this point. As one social media user, Shiv Malik wrote, "Notre Dame, Paris, is on fire and it feels like the end of the world."
The fire is not out at publication time. We'll continue to update this story as soon as we have additional information.
In the meantime, here are several photos of the scene, as posted on .
Notre Dame Cathedral was largely completed in the 13th century. It's remains one of the most popular sites in Paris, attracting more than 13 million tourists per year.
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