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Firefighter seriously injured battling catastrophic Notre-Dame cathedral blaze

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A firefighter has been seriously injured in a catastropic fire that engulfed the world famous Notre Dame cathedral in Paris.

The blaze toppled the buildings spire this evening and threatened the entire wooden frame before being brought under control.

French officials later confirmed that a crew member had been seriously injured. Their condition remains unknown.

A fire fighter uses a hose as Notre Dame cathedral is burning in Paris, Monday, April 15, 2019. A catastrophic fire engulfed the upper reaches of Paris' soaring Notre Dame Cathedral as it was undergoing renovations Monday, threatening one of the greatest architectural treasures of the Western world as tourists and Parisians looked on aghast from the streets below. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

The blaze toppled the buildings spire this evening and threatened the entire wooden frame before being brought under control (Picture: AP)

Firefighter douse flames billowing from the roof at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris on April 15, 2019. - A fire broke out at the landmark Notre-Dame Cathedral in central Paris, potentially involving renovation works being carried out at the site, the fire service said. (Photo by GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELT / AFP)GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELT/AFP/Getty Images

A firefighter has been seriously injured in a catastropic fire that engulfed the world famous Notre Dame cathedral in Paris (Picture: AFP)

Firefighter douse flames billowing from the roof at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris on April 15, 2019. - A major fire broke out at the landmark Notre-Dame Cathedral in central Paris sending flames and huge clouds of grey smoke billowing into the sky, the fire service said. The flames and smoke plumed from the spire and roof of the gothic cathedral, visited by millions of people a year, where renovations are currently underway. (Photo by FRANCOIS GUILLOT / AFP)FRANCOIS GUILLOT/AFP/Getty Images

Firefighters douse flames billowing from the roof (Picture: AFP)

Firefighters douse flames rising from the roof at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris on April 15, 2019. - A major fire broke out at the landmark Notre-Dame Cathedral in central Paris sending flames and huge clouds of grey smoke billowing into the sky, the fire service said. The flames and smoke plumed from the spire and roof of the gothic cathedral, visited by millions of people a year, where renovations are currently underway. (Photo by Bertrand GUAY / AFP)BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty Images

Photos and videos on social media show the roof of the 850-year-old Gothic building covered in flames, issuing a plume of smoke above the city (Picture: AFP)

Paris fire commander Jean-Claude Gallet said a major accomplishment of hundreds of firefighters was stopping the flames from spreading to the north tower belfry.

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He said two-thirds of Notre Dames roofing has been ravaged.

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Fire crews will keep working overnight to cool down the structure, Mr Gallet said.

The deputy mayor of Paris, Emmanuel Gregoire, said the cathedral had suffered colossal damages, and the emergency services were trying to salvage the art and other priceless pieces stored in the cathedral.

A cathedral spokesman said the entire wooden interior was burning and likely to be destroyed.

However the two towers could be considered saved.

Officials said the fire may be linked to renovation work at one of the worlds most famous tourist attractions, French media reported.

Paris prosecutors opened an investigation into the blaze as the fire was still burning out of control.

Hundreds of people on bridges around Notre Dame in Paris, watched in shock as fire engulfed the famed cathedral.

Photos and videos on social media show the roof of the 850-year-old Gothic building covered in flames, issuing a plume of smoke above the city.

The Paris fire brigade can be seen in videos dousing the blaze with water.

Paris Fire brigade members are seen at an entrance that looks into the Notre Dame Cathedral as a fire continues to burn in Paris, France, April 15, 2019. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer

The Paris fire brigade can be seen in videos dousing the blaze with water (Picture: Reuters)

Firefighter douse flames billowing from the roof at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris on April 15, 2019. - A fire broke out at the landmark Notre-Dame Cathedral in central Paris, potentially involving renovation works being carried out at the site, the fire service said. (Photo by GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELT / AFP)GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELT/AFP/Getty Images

A cathedral spokesman said the entire wooden interior was burning and likely to be destroyed (Picture: AP)

A church spokesman said all of the cathedrals frame was burning after the spire collapsed.

The emergency services were trying to salvage the priceless artwork stored in the cathedral.

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US President Donald Trump suggested on Twitter that the fire was put out with flying water tankers. So horrible to watch the massive fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, he wrote.

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