Spire Atop Paris' Iconic Notre Dame Cathedral Collapses in Massive Fire

16 April, 2019, 03:42 | Author: Jared Lewis
  • Massive Fire At Historic Notre Dame Cathedral In Paris

Sources told Fox News that it appears the fire was related to the construction.

As the cathedral burned, Parisians gathered to pray and sing hymns outside the church of Saint Julien Les Pauvres across the river from Notre Dame while the flames lit the sky behind them.

France's civil security agency says "all means" except for water-dropping aircraft were deployed to tackle the blaze.

The world reacted with shock, horror and prayers to the massive fire Monday at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, united in grief and in solidarity with the people of France.

The peak of the church had been undergoing a 6 million-euro ($6.8 million) renovation project, officials said.

The smoke-eater was one of roughly 400 firemen to be called down to the iconic Parisian cathedral on Monday after it went up in flames.

Deputy mayor Emmanuel Gregoire said emergency services were trying to salvage the famed art pieces stored in the cathedral. After emerging to face a throng of reporters, Marcon vowed the cathedral would be rebuilt and announced the launch of an worldwide fundraising drive to begin raising the millions of dollars necessary to restore the building to its former glory.

French media quoted the Paris fire brigade saying the fire is "potentially linked" to the renovation work. That is beyond countries, that's beyond anything. "It's a part of our growing up, it's a part of our culture, it's a part of our lives".

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Pictures and video from the scene show huge black plumes of smoke and fire pouring from the roof of the French landmark.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has said her thoughts are "with the people of France tonight and with the emergency services who are fighting the awful blaze at Notre-Dame cathedral".

The statement says the Vatican is praying for firefighters "and those who are doing everything possible to confront this dramatic situation" on Monday.

We're sending our healing thoughts to all those affected by the fire and hope comfort can be found in this time of sadness.

"For 800 years the Cathedral has watched over Paris".

"Notre-Dame belonged to all humanity".

In 1801 AD, the new ruler, Napoleon Bonaparte, ordered the cathedral to be restored.

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