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The authorities looking for answers after a massive fire has devastated the iconic Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.
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PARIS – The fire of Notre Dame Cathedral, devouring the iconic 800-year-old church in the French capital, was extinguished on Tuesday at 3:30.

The Paris fire department announced on Twitter that the firefighters had "dealt with the flame" more than nine hours after the onset of the intense effort. Nearly 400 firefighters had fought against the inferno, and two police officers and a firefighter had been slightly injured, according to the fire department.

The spokesman for the Paris Fire Brigade, Gabriel Plus, said "the whole fire is out" and the rescue workers monitored "the movement of the buildings and put out smoldering residues," according to media reports.

Parisians and tourists from around the world watched Monday evening, when the flames devastated the roof, Notre Dame collapsed. After a night of effort, the firemen were able to save the landmark buildings of the landmark.

Despite light drizzle and cloudy skies, there was a sense of relief on the streets of Paris on Tuesday, and the thoughts moved from mourning people to exploring what needs to be done to restore the architectural miracle.

"One can still see that the statue of the Virgin Mary is still standing," said Catherine Oudot (63), pointing to the facade of the medieval Catholic cathedral. "It is a relief to know that it has survived. Notre Dame is not just a Christian or cultural landmark. It is an absolute symbol for us, for France. "

Oudet lives near the Eiffel Tower, she was at home when she heard the fire had been fired.

" I saw photos and pictures of smoke roaring from the fireplace on the dome was shocked, "said Oudet, who was at home when she heard that the fire had started. "I could not believe it, how does this happen in the 21st century with all the technology we have: smoke detectors, fire alarms? I have difficulty understanding it."

Officials said Monday that the flame could be connected After renovations, the cathedral was in the middle of a $ 6.8 million renovation project.

The French prosecutor said the investigators would visit the Notre Dame on Tuesday to talk to the people who were working on the renovations to get information about it. Maybe it caused the fire.

On Tuesday, a massive fundraiser was launched to rebuild the cathedral, and at least $ 339 million has already been pledged to rebuild the cathedral. French billionaire Francois Henri Pinault has pledged $ 113 million to rebuild the cathedral. Billionaire Bernard Arnault and his LVMH group pledged $ 226 million.

"The Arnault family and the LVMH group want to show their solidarity During this period of national tragedy, they help to rebuild this extraordinary cathedral, which is a symbol of France, its heritage and French unity," states her statement on Tuesday.

French President Emmanuel Macron rushed to the stage of the flame Monday. He announced the fundraiser and promised to rebuild the church.

"We will rebuild this cathedral all together, and it is undoubtedly a part of the French fate and the project we will have for the next few years," said Macron.

People stop to see and photograph the Notre Dame Cathedral on Tuesday after the fire in Paris, April 16, 2019. Experts rate the blackened shell of Paris's Notre Dame Cathedral to take the next steps to the what was destroyed after a devastating fire that destroyed much of the nearly 900-year-old building. With the fire that exploded on Monday night and the cathedral quickly under control, it is important to ensure the structural integrity of the remaining building. (Photo: Kamil Zihnioglu, AP)

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The Vatican said Pope Francis prayed "for French Catholics and for the people of Paris in the face of the terrible fire that devastated the Cathedral of Notre-Dame," according to news agency Agence France-Presse reported.

British Queen Elizabeth II said in a message to Macron: "My thoughts and prayers are with those who worship at the Cathedral and throughout France at this difficult time."

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The fire broke down the spire of the cathedral and spread in a spectacle watched by a crowd of horrified spectators, such as Paris fire chief Jean-Claude Gallet also said After firefighters had prevented the flames from spreading in the northern bell tower, she was rescued.

Deputy Mayor of Paris, Emmanuel Gregoire, told BFMTV on Tuesday that a plan to protect the treasures of Notre Dame was planned and successful, and the famous 18th-century organ was preserved. He described the "tremendous relief" in recovering pieces like the alleged crown of Christ.

City prosecutors have announced that they are investigating. Arson was excluded as well as possible terrorist motives.

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The damage to the building, however, was great. "Two thirds of the canopies have been devastated," said Gallet.

It was a dramatic change from Monday when officials predicted that the structure would burn to the ground.

"Everything is burning. Nothing will stay out of the ordinary, "Notre Dame spokesman Andre Finot told French media. The 12th-century cathedral is one of the world's most famous tourist attractions. It was immortalized by Victor Hugo's novel "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" from 1831.

The flame arrives during Holy Week, an important event for the Catholic Church in the Easter days

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