The Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris is burning

Ablaze: Notre Dame Catherdal in Paris engulfed in fire

President Donald Trump tweeted about the massive fire engulfing Notre Dame Monday, suggesting the use of flying water tankers to douse the flames.

AFP reported that the Paris fire department said the blaze was "potentially connected" to a renovation project now under way.

The 12th-century cathedral is the setting for Victor Hugo's classic novel The Hunchback of Notre-Dame.

Smoke billows from Notre Dame Cathedral after a fire broke out, in Paris, France April 15, 2019.

Fire trucks sped through Paris towards the scene on the Ile de la Cite - an island in the Seine at the heart of Paris.

One of the cathedral's spires is smothered in flames.

French President Emmanuel Macron canceled an address to the nation that was planned.

'Watching flames engulf the iconic Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.

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Retired New York Fire Department Battalion chief Wayne McPartland said that method could cause the whole structure to collapse, adding: "If you miss, you miht hit civilians on the street".

Macron's pre-recorded speech was set to be aired on French TV.

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo also tweeted about the blaze, calling it "terrible".

In 2012, the Archbishop of Paris and the Diocese of Paris founded "The Friends of Notre Dame" to raise funds for the structural deterioration, with renovation and fix efforts ongoing.

Hidalgo said Paris authorities are in touch with Paris diocese.

Notre-Dame Cathedral went up in flames on Monday in a roaring blaze that devastated the Parisian landmark, one of France's most visited places.

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