Fire breaks out at top of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris

Workers secure a religious statue perched atop Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral as it descends to earth for the first time in over a century as part of a r

Workers secure a religious statue perched atop Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral as it descends to earth for the first time in over a century as part of a r

View from the top of the Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral with the Eiffel Tower in background as the religious statues descend to earth for the first time

View from the top of the Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral with the Eiffel Tower in background as the religious statues descend to earth for the first time

Detail of the religious statue representing St. Thomas in reference to French architect Eugene Viollet Le Duc perched atop Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral

Detail of the religious statue representing St. Thomas in reference to French architect Eugene Viollet Le Duc perched atop Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral

PARIS (AP) — Firefighters are battling a massive blaze at the French capital's iconic Notre Dame Cathedral.

Flames and black smoke were seen shooting from the base of the medieval church's spire on Monday.

The peak of the church is undergoing a 6 million-euro ($6.8 million) renovation project.

French media quoted the Paris fire brigade saying the fire is "potentially linked" to the renovation work.