Fire at Notre Dame Cathedral

5:27 p.m. ET, April 15, 2019

Macron has arrived at Notre Dame

French President Emmanuel Macron has arrived at the historic Notre Dame Cathedral, where a fire rages on.

He was accompanied by Mayor Anne Hidalgo, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe and first lady Brigitte Macron, as well as the Paris prosecutor.

5:28 p.m. ET, April 15, 2019

Embers and ash are falling from the Paris sky

Witness Elaine Leavenworth said ash and embers were falling from the sky as a fire tore through the iconic Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.

Leavenworth said she felt droplets of water as firefighters worked to douse the flames.

She shared this photo of a tiny piece of debris in the palm of a hand:

2:42 p.m. ET, April 15, 2019

Paris prosecutor opens investigation into Notre Dame fire

The Paris prosecutor has opened an investigation into the Notre Dame fire, a spokesman tells CNN.

The fire broke out Monday evening at the iconic cathedral in the heart of Paris.

2:42 p.m. ET, April 15, 2019

London mayor: City "stands in sorrow" with Paris

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 Leon Neal/Getty Images

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said the city "stands in sorrow" with Paris.

“Heartbreaking scenes of Notre Dame cathedral in flames. London stands in sorrow with Paris today, and in friendship always,” Khan wrote on Twitter.
2:32 p.m. ET, April 15, 2019

As the spire fell, onlookers in the crowd let out gasps and groans

As the spire of the Notre Dame cathedral collapsed, there were horrified gasps from the watching crowd. Sirens blare in the background, as emergency personnel work to put out the flames.

Watch it here:

2:31 p.m. ET, April 15, 2019

Mike Pence on Notre Dame fire: "It is heartbreaking to see a house of God in flames"

US Vice President Mike Pence just tweeted about the ongoing Notre Dame fire.

"Notre Dame is an iconic symbol of faith to people all over the world – and it is heartbreaking to see a house of God in flames," he tweeted. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the firefighters on the scene and all the people of Paris."

See the tweet here:

2:22 p.m. ET, April 15, 2019

Witness: "It’s tremendously sad to see this happening to such an iconic monument"

Bystander Cameron Mitchell just told CNN:

"My roommate told me to come see it. I’m not sure when it started. I’m really not sure what to think. It’s tremendously sad to see this happening to such an iconic monument. The fire has been slowly spreading across the roof. I’m really not sure what to make of this yet."