Notre Dame Fire: What We Know
- A major fire broke out in the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on Monday.
- The cathedral, which has just been renovated, suffered extensive damage.
- The authorities have not yet determined the damage cause of the fire.
- No deaths were reported.
- The construction of Notre Dame began in 1163 and was completed in 1345.
The iconic tower at the top of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris collapsed after a major fire broke out on Monday. The video showed how a part of the roof of the cathedral collapsed when the fire raged.
"Everything is burning, nothing is out of line," Andre Finot, spokesman for Notre Dame, told the French media, according to the Associated Press. On Monday evening, Paris fire chief Jean-Claude Gallet told reporters that firefighters had managed to save the cathedral's landmarks from the fire.
Gallet said, "We now believe that the two towers of Notre Dame have been saved," Reuters reports. "We believe that the main structure of Notre Dame has been preserved and preserved." There is still a risk that some of the internal structures might collapse.
Deputy Mayor of Paris, Emmanuel Gregoire, said the cathedral suffered "colossal damage". President Emmanuel Macron came to the scene to see the damage and meet the emergency services.
The French Sécurité Civile, which belongs to the French Ministry of the Interior, said hundreds of members of the Paris Fire Department did everything to reach the police fire in control and save the historic structure. The Agency said in a tweet : "All means are used, except for jet bomb planes which, if used, could lead to the collapse of the entire structure of the cathedral."
Fire a "tragedy for the world"
Christophe Girard, deputy mayor of Paris, responsible for culture, said the massive fire at the historic Notre Dame Cathedral is a "tragedy for the world". He spoke with CBSN as the fire continued to burn, saying that some valuable paintings and other artifacts had been saved.
Dramatic photos of the destruction of the fire
19659013] Dramatic videos and photos spread on Monday in social media, showing the roof and spire of the Almost a 900-year-old cathedral that had gone up in flames and raised huge amounts of smoke from its roof.
The tower and the roof collapsed The cathedral's world-famous stained glass windows were destroyed.
The Ile de la Cité, the island in the Seine, on which the cathedral is located, has been vacated. Thousands of spectators gathered on the bank of the river to see the terrible scene.
Priceless art and artifacts inside  Some of the treasures in Notre Dame were reported as saved, though Officials do not yet have a complete inventory of what was saved from the fire and what was lost. A centuries-old reed and gold crown of thorns and the tunic worn by Saint Louis, a 13th-century king of France, have certainly been robbed, according to Notre Dame's chief clerk, Monsieur Patrick Chauvet said, according to Reuters. However, the firefighters had difficulty removing some of the cathedral's large paintings in good time, he said.
Cause to Investigate
The authorities have not published any information about the cause of the fire and said they are being investigated. The fire may possibly involve renovations that were carried out at the site, the fire department said. Extensive scaffolding covered part of the roof as part of the $ 6.8 million project before the fire broke out.
The Vatican expresses "great shock and sorrow"
The Vatican expressed "great shock and sorrow" over the fire at Notre Dame. He called the cathedral "a symbol of Christianity in France and in the world."
In a statement, the Vatican said: "We express closeness to the French Catholics and the Parisians, and we assure our prayers for the firefighters and those who do everything possible to face this dramatic situation."  The Vatican issued a statement on the fire of the Notre Dame Cathedral: "We express closeness to the French Catholics and the Parisians and we assure our prayers for the firefighters and those who do everything possible to face this dramatic situation "https://t.co/1w6gZW4Wk2 pic.twitter.com/j39vjmIa7t
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