A massive fire consumed Notre-Dame Cathedral on Monday, gutting and destroying the roof.
But firefighters said they had saved the shell of the stone structure from collapse.
Firefighters battled hard to prevent one of the main bell towers from collapsing.
Reuters reports one firefighter was seriously injured but that us the only reported casualty.
“We now believe that the two towers of Notre-Dame have been saved. We now consider that the main structure of Notre-Dame has been saved and preserved.”
Distraught Parisians and stunned tourists gazed in disbelief as the inferno raged at the cathedral.
Thousands of onlookers lined bridges over Seine and along its embankments, held at a distance by a police cordon.