It took 200 years to build and has stood for more than eight centuries.But in less than two hours, the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris was in ruins, its future uncertain, after a horrific fire ripped through the landmark.READ MORE: Fire tears through Notre Dame Cathedral in ParisSmoke began pouring out of the ancient cathedral on the banks of the River Seine not long after noon EST on Monday and engulfed the crumbling Gothic landmark, shrouded in construction scaffolding as part of much-needed renovations over the last several years.Buttresses around the cathedral had already begun to collapse and give way even as calls from Parisian officials as recently as last year urged speedy work.However, early reports from Parisian firefighters suggest it may have been those same attempts to restore the iconic site now linked to its devastating gutting.WATCH BELOW: Smoke pours from Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris

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