- Dec 23, 2014
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The roof of famed Notre Dame in French capital collapses as firefighters struggle to contain the blaze.
Firefighters have saved the two main towers of Paris' famed Notre Dame cathedral from a massive blaze threatening the centuries-old building in the heart of the French capital, according to local officials.
General Jean-Claude Gallet, head of the Paris fire service, told reporters outside the cathedral late on Monday evening that the "main structure" of the building had been "preserved" amid the inferno, which had erupted just hours earlier.
Shortly afterwards, French President Emmanuel Macron said "the worst has been avoided, even if the battle has not been fully won". Calling the cathedral "the very centre of our lives", he vowed that France "will rebuild Notre Dame".