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.

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