Parisians sing in heartwrenching tribute as fire destroys top of Notre Dame cathedral

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Parisians sing in heartwrenching tribute as fire destroys top of Notre Dame cathedral

Dozens of people have joined together in song to make a heartbreaking tribute in front of the Notre Dame cathedral.

The iconic building – which has proudly stood over the city for more than 850 years – caught fire earlier this afternoon has so far suffered untold damage.

In the gut wrenching footage, Parisians gathered together to sing Ave Maria and share in their grief as they watch the cathedral burn.

People kneel on the pavement as they pray outside watching flames engulf Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris on April 15, 2019. - A colossal fire swept through the famed Notre-Dame Cathedral in central Paris on April 15, 2019, causing a spire to collapse and raising fears over the future of the nearly millenium old building and its precious artworks. The fire, which began in the early evening, sent flames and huge clouds of grey smoke billowing into the Paris sky as stunned Parisians and tourists watched on in sheer horror. (Photo by ERIC FEFERBERG / AFP)ERIC FEFERBERG/AFP/Getty Images

Caption: People kneel on the pavement as they pray outside watching flames engulf Notre-Dame Cathedral (Picture: AFP/Getty)

People kneel on the pavement as they pray outside watching flames engulf Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris on April 15, 2019. - A colossal fire swept through the famed Notre-Dame Cathedral in central Paris on April 15, 2019, causing a spire to collapse and raising fears over the future of the nearly millenium old building and its precious artworks. The fire, which began in the early evening, sent flames and huge clouds of grey smoke billowing into the Paris sky as stunned Parisians and tourists watched on in sheer horror. (Photo by ERIC FEFERBERG / AFP)ERIC FEFERBERG/AFP/Getty Images

Parisians are trying to come to terms with their loss (Picture: AFP/Getty)

Firefighters douse flames rising from the roof at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris on April 15, 2019. - A major fire broke out at the landmark Notre-Dame Cathedral in central Paris sending flames and huge clouds of grey smoke billowing into the sky, the fire service said. The flames and smoke plumed from the spire and roof of the gothic cathedral, visited by millions of people a year, where renovations are currently underway. (Photo by Bertrand GUAY / AFP)BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty Images

The 12th century catherdral has domnated the skyline for more than 850 years (Picture: AFP/Getty)

As they joined together in quiet reflection, the camera pans around to show the devastation being unleashed on the 12th century place of worship.

Some in the assembled crowd can be seen clutching rosary beads as they gather in front of the nearby Saint Julien Les Pauvres church just a few hundred metres away.

Notre Dame took almost 200 years to build, survived the French Revolution and Nazi occupation, but ultimately succumbed to the blaze in a matter of hours.

More than 400 fire officers have been called to flight the flames and try to stop the building from total devastation.

Firefighter douse flames billowing from the roof at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris on April 15, 2019. - A major fire broke out at the landmark Notre-Dame Cathedral in central Paris sending flames and huge clouds of grey smoke billowing into the sky, the fire service said. The flames and smoke plumed from the spire and roof of the gothic cathedral, visited by millions of people a year, where renovations are currently underway. (Photo by FRANCOIS GUILLOT / AFP)FRANCOIS GUILLOT/AFP/Getty Images

Notre Dame took almost 200 years to build, survived the French Revoloution and Nazi occupation, but ultimately succumbed to the blaze in a matter of hours (Picture: AFP/Getty)

People stand on a bridge looking at smoke and flames rising during a fire at the landmark Notre-Dame Cathedral in central Paris on April 15, 2019. - A fire broke out at the landmark Notre-Dame Cathedral in central Paris, potentially involving renovation works being carried out at the site, the fire service said. (Photo by Thomas SAMSON / AFP)THOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images

Hundreds of people gathered to bear witness to the destruction (Picture: AFP/Getty)

People look a fire at the landmark Notre-Dame Cathedral in central Paris from the banks of the Seine river on April 15, 2019. - A fire broke out at the landmark Notre-Dame Cathedral in central Paris, potentially involving renovation works being carried out at the site, the fire service said. (Photo by Thomas SAMSON / AFP)THOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images

(Picture: AFP/Getty)

One fighter has reportedly been ‘seriously injured’ in the line of duty, and is understood to be receiving medical treatment.

His crew is reported to have managed to stop the flames from reaching the belfry.

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Authorities previously said the inferno ‘cannot be stopped’ and ‘nothing will remain’ in the burnt out-shell, but Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo said firefighters are increasingly optimistic they can save the main towers.

The monument, affectionately refered to as Our Lady of Paris, is home to a number of artworks and religious relics, which a priest has claimed has been saved from the fire.

Earlier the iconic spire, which has dominated the Parisian skyline for more than eight centuries, collapsed as hundreds of people watched in horror.

The steeple of the landmark Notre-Dame Cathedral collapses as the cathedral is engulfed in flames in central Paris on April 15, 2019. - A huge fire swept through the roof of the famed Notre-Dame Cathedral in central Paris on April 15, 2019, sending flames and huge clouds of grey smoke billowing into the sky. The flames and smoke plumed from the spire and roof of the gothic cathedral, visited by millions of people a year. A spokesman for the cathedral told AFP that the wooden structure supporting the roof was being gutted by the blaze. (Photo by Geoffroy VAN DER HASSELT / AFP)GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELT/AFP/Getty Images

The steeple of the landmark Notre-Dame Cathedral collapses  (Picture: AFP/Getty)

The steeple collapses as smoke and flames engulf the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris on April 15, 2019. - A huge fire swept through the roof of the famed Notre-Dame Cathedral in central Paris on April 15, 2019, sending flames and huge clouds of grey smoke billowing into the sky. The flames and smoke plumed from the spire and roof of the gothic cathedral, visited by millions of people a year. A spokesman for the cathedral told AFP that the wooden structure supporting the roof was being gutted by the blaze. (Photo by Geoffroy VAN DER HASSELT / AFP)GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELT/AFP/Getty Images

The damage to the building is untold (Picture: AFP/Getty)

PARIS, FRANCE - APRIL 15: A firefighter is seen fighting the flames at Notre-Dame Cathedral April 15, 2019 in Paris, France. A fire broke out on Monday afternoon and quickly spread across the building, collapsing the spire. The cause is yet unknown but officials said it was possibly linked to ongoing renovation work. (Photo by Pierre Suu/Getty Images)

more than 400 firefighters are trying to contain the blaze (Picture: AFP/Getty)

epa07508911 Parisians gather on the Seine river bank to look at the flames burning the roof of the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, France, 15 April 2019. A fire started in the late afternoon in one of the most visited monuments of the French capital. EPA/IAN LANGSDON

There have currently been no reported deaths (Picture: EPA)

According to French newspaper Le Monde, the fire broke out in the attic of the monument before spreading across the roof.

Speaking to Metro.co.uk, one witness said: ‘Started watching when it was smoking under the spire and near the scaffolding.

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‘The smoke turned yellow and quite low in the sky – fire started blazing over the roof and now heading to the two towers.’

Officials in Paris said the fire could be linked to restoration works as the peak of the church is currently undergoing a 6 million-euro (£5,179,00) renovation project.

There have currently been no reported deaths, and no other reports of injuries.

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