Paris: Notre-Dame Cathedral went up in flames on Monday 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.
Around 7:07 pm: A Reuters journalist sees smoke and flames at Notre-Dame from a distance.
7:40 pm: Fire spreads to the giant spire of Notre-Dame cathedral. French President Macron cancels planned TV address to the nation because of the blaze.
7:53 pm: Cathedral’s spire collapses.
7:59 pm: French president’s office says Macron is rushing to the scene.
8:07 pm: Entire roof of Notre-Dame collapses, according to a Reuters correspondent at the scene.
8:25 pm: Paris’ Ile de la Cité, the island on which Notre-Dame sits, is evacuated by police.