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By David K. Li
Flames engulfed the top of the historic Notre Dame cathedral in Paris on Monday, with billowing smoke seen from miles away in the French capital.
The flames appeared to be around scaffolding, high at the top of the famous church where $6.8 million in renovations were being done.
At least one of the church’s spires has fallen and France 24 reported that the roof has collapsed.
The spire destroyed by the fire contained artifacts considered sacred to Catholics, including a relic believed to be from Jesus Christ’s crown of thorns. Relics from Saint Genevieve and Saint Denis are also feared lost.
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“Everything is burning, nothing will remain from the frame,” Notre Dame spokesman Andre Finot told French media.