Potential cause of Notre Dame fire revealed

Arson has been ruled out as a cause of the catastrophic blaze that ripped through Notre Dame Cathedral.

The exact cause of the fire remains unknown, but French media has quoted the local fire brigade as saying investigations were underway to see if it was linked to restorations.

A $10 million project had been underway on the iconic church's spire, which tragically went up in flames. The Paris fire service suspects it was this project that may be behind the blaze.

PARIS, FRANCE - APRIL 15: Flames and smoke are seen billowing from the roof at Notre-Dame Cathedral on 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 Chesnot/Getty Images)
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Arson and terror-related motives have now been officially ruled out by the Paris prosecutors' office. It is being treated as an accident, according to several reports.

The fire broke out early on Tuesday morning, and is suspected to have begun in the cathedral's attic. The blaze destroyed the cathedral's spire, as well as sections of the roof.

Luckily, the main vault has remained relatively untouched.

Smoke billows as fire engulfs the spire of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France April 15, 2019. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier - RC1AC7F22C50
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Notre Dame's construction began in 1163, and wasn't completed until 1345. It's famous for its beautiful Gothic architecture and gargoyles.

French President Emmanuel Macron declared the damaged areas of the building will be rebuilt with the help of a fundraising campaign.