On Monday, a French journalist shared photos of the inside of the Notre Dame Cathedral, revealing that most of the church’s interior had been destroyed, except for the altar and its cross.
Raphaelle Bacqué, a journalist for French newspaper Le Monde, shared the photos on her Twitter account, hours after the medieval Catholic cathedral went up in flames Monday. The fire has since been contained and prevented from spreading to the northern belfry, AP reports.
The fire inside the UNESCO World Heritage site reportedly began at around 6:50 p.m. local time, according to the Paris fire department. Media reports indicate that the fire may have been started accidentally during renovation work underway inside the cathedral. Arson and terror-related motives have been ruled out by French law enforcement officials, who are treating the fire as an accident.