PARIS, April 16 — Notre-Dame Cathedral went up in flames yesterday in a roaring blaze that devastated the Parisian landmark, a searing loss for the city and for France.
Following is a timeline of events:
Around 6.50pm local time (1650 GMT):
Fire starts in roof of Notre-Dame cathedral, according to firefighters.
A Reuters journalist sees smoke and flames at Notre-Dame from a distance.
Fire spreads to the giant spire of Notre-Dame cathedral.
French President Macron cancels planned TV address to the nation because of the blaze.
Cathedral’s spire collapses.
French president’s office says Macron is rushing to the scene.
Entire roof of Notre-Dame collapses, according to a Reuters correspondent at the scene.
Paris’ Ile de la Cité, the island on which Notre-Dame sits, is evacuated by police. — Reuters