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Paris’ Notre Dame ‘saved from total destruction,’ French fire official says, after blaze ravages cathedral

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  • The roof of Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral collapsed Monday as a massive fire ripped through the structure.
  • The city’s mayor and firefighters warned people to stay away from the area.
  • A French Interior Ministry official had previously said firefighters may not be able to save the cathedral.
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Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral has been saved from “total destruction,” according to a French fire official, after a massive fire ripped through the structure on Monday and caused the roof and main spire to collapse.

The official estimated it could up to seven hours from the initial outbreak to contain the fire, French24 television reported, but the official said the two towers have now been saved. That news come as a sign of relief after one of the towers caught fire earlier in the evening. Earlier, a French Interior Ministry official had said that firefighters might not be able to save the cathedral.

 

“The worst has been avoided, but the battle isn’t fully won yet,” French President Emmanuel Macron said in a statement outside of the cathedral. He also expressed his sympathies to Catholics around the world, the people of Paris and the people of France. The fire broke out just days before Easter. 

“We will rebuild the cathedral together,” Macron said, adding that France will start an international fundraising campaign to raise money for the renovations.

Residents living close to the cathedral were evacuated in case the building collapses, said Paris Mayor Anne Hildago. The area surrounding the cathedral, Paris’ Ile de la Cite, was also evacuated, according to Reuters.

One fireman was “seriously injured,” an official said.

 

 

 

The Paris prosecutor’s office opened an investigation into the fire soon after the damage begun. Late Monday, prosecutors said their preliminary findings suggested the huge fire was started accidentally.

Firefighters at the scene directed much of their efforts towards saving the artwork stored at the back of the cathedral, which had been undergoing renovations.

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A firefighter uses a hose to douse flames and smoke billowing from the roof at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris on April 15, 2019.
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The Paris mayor and firefighters warned people to stay away from the area.

 

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Un terrible incendie est en cours à la cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris. Les @PompiersParis sont en train de tenter de maîtriser les flammes. Nous sommes mobilisés sur place en lien étroit avec le @dioceseParis. J'invite chacune et chacun à respecter le périmètre de sécurité.

 
 
 
 

 

 

 

Je n'ai pas de mot assez fort pour exprimer la douleur que je ressens face à #NotreDame ravagée par les flammes. Ce soir, tous les Parisiens et Français pleurent cet emblème de notre Histoire commune. De notre devise, nous tirerons la force de nous relever. Fluctuat nec mergitur.

 
 
 
 

 

At one point, as many as four hundred firefighters were working to put out the blaze, according to the Ministry of the Interior for France.

 

 

 

 
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Notre Dame cathedral engulfed in flames
 

It was not immediately clear what had caused the fire, though local media reported that police in the city were treating it as an accident.

 

 

Video and photos of the fire showed scaffolding climbing around the main structure and spire.

 

 
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As Notre Dame continues to burn in Paris a group tries to cope with what’s happening by coming together in song...#NotreDameFire

 
 
 
 

 

Video showed people gathering near the cathedral as the fire continued to rage on.

 
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The cathedral, which dates back to the 12th century and is famous for featuring in Victor Hugo’s classic novel “The Hunchback of Notre-Dame,” attracts millions of tourists every year.

 

 

President Emmanuel Macron arrived at the scene of the fire and headed into a meeting with Paris police. He mourned the landmark in a tweet and canceled an address to the nation that he had been due to give later on Monday evening.

 

 

 

 

After my last tweet, I got a couple DMs asking firefighting related questions about the #NotreDameFire.

I -like most of you- are watching from a world away. But if you’re interested in some profession specific things I’d note/be concerned of, you can follow this thread.

 
 
 
 

 

 

 
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#NotreDame: 'The roof has entirely collapsed, there are flames coming out the back of the cathedral as if it was a torch'@charli, Journalist at France 24, at the scene of the fire.

 
 
 
 

 

President Donald Trump, meanwhile, addressed the fire in a tweet early Monday afternoon.

 

 

So horrible to watch the massive fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Perhaps flying water tankers could be used to put it out. Must act quickly!

 
 
 
 

 

Prime Minister Theresa May also tweeted her support for the people of France.

 

 

My thoughts are with the people of France tonight and with the emergency services who are fighting the terrible blaze at Notre-Dame cathedral.

 
 
 
 

 

Notre Dame was in the midst of renovations, with some sections under scaffolding. Famed bronze statues were removed last week for works.

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King Louis IX, aka St Louis Roi, bought one of the the most famous relics of  Christendom, Jesus' Crown of Thorns and it was located in the Notre Dame. Of course, perhaps it was not the real Crown of Thorns, but then again, perhaps it was. One hopes it was removed while the renovation was taking place.

https://www.eutouring.com/crown_of_thorns_notre_dame.html

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Just tragic.    The only good thing if that no one died (that they know of).

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4 hours ago, XavierOnassis said:

King Louis IX, aka St Louis Roi, bought one of the the most famous relics of  Christendom, Jesus' Crown of Thorns and it was located in the Notre Dame. Of course, perhaps it was not the real Crown of Thorns, but then again, perhaps it was. One hopes it was removed while the renovation was taking place.

https://www.eutouring.com/crown_of_thorns_notre_dame.html

you libs burned it down

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