Authorities have confirmed the belltowers of the Notre Dame Cathedral has been saved after fire engulfed the Paris landmark on Monday.

The good news comes as video has emerged of the moment the cathedral’s 93m spire collapsed.

See the dramatic collapse of the famous spire in the player above

Flames jumped up the ornate spire before it fell onto the burning roof, sending smoke billowing out into the evening skyline of the French capital.

Paris fire chief Jean-Claude Gallet said his crews managed to stop the flames from reaching the belfry and prevented an even bigger collapse.

Live television images transfixed viewers around the world and French President Emmanuel Macron postponed a major speech as flames ravaged the cathedral that has towered over Paris for centuries.

It had come through long-range German bombardment during World War I and was spared damage during World War II.

French Deputy Interior Minister Laurent Nunez said hours of cooling would be needed and it’s too early to say what caused the fire. Paris prosecutors have opened an investigation.

The Associated Press reported that the preliminary probe suggested it was an accident caused by recent renovations.