Monday, 22 April, 2019

Notre Dame cathedral on fire, spire reportedly collapses

Ablaze: Notre Dame Catherdal in Paris engulfed in fire Large Fire Breaks Out At Notre Dame Cathedral In Paris
Angelica Greene | 16 April, 2019, 02:56

A huge plume of smoke wafted across the city and ash fell over a large area.

"This is terrible", said Julien Ciprelli, a 19-year-old politics student living in Paris. It had come through long-range German bombardment during World War I and was spared damage during World War II.

France Info reports the fire began around the attic of the cathedral. When we left ... it was burning at a level that you rarely see a fire burn. Thought for all Catholics and for all French.

He recalled that Notre Dame bells sounded the death knell following the 2015 Paris attacks.

"We will rebuild this cathedral", said Macron, who added that "The worst has been avoided although the battle is not yet totally won".

The Vatican said Pope Francis "has seen with shock and sadness the news of the bad fire that has devastated the Cathedral of Notre Dame, symbol of Christianity in France and in the world".

President Donald Trump, for his part, offered suggestions for how to put out the blaze, tweeting Monday that officials "must act quickly".

"Everything is burning, nothing will remain from the frame", Notre Dame spokesman Andre Finot said, according to the Associated Press.

Reaction in Paris, Green says, is one of shock and extreme sadness.

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"Notre-Dame is engulfed with flames".

"Deep emotion in the face of this dramatic fire at the cathedral", Unesco said on Twitter, noting the monument was made a world heritage site in 1991.

French fire services said they were not sure they could stop the spread of the blaze, news outlet Agence France-Presse reported.

British Prime Minister Theresa May tweeted saying her "thoughts are with the people of France tonight and with the emergency services fighting this awful blaze".

Politicians from across the world tweeted their condolences and support to the French people.

France's historic Notre Dame Cathedral erupted in flames Monday ahead of the celebration of the holy day of Easter. Notre-Dame has stood tall above Paris since the 1200s.

"Built in the 13th century, the medieval cathedral is considered a feat of architecture as much as a religious symbol", CNN writes.

"From our hotel room we watched the big tall spire go straight down into the nave of the church", Debbie Furr said.

"All around the world, all of us feel a certain sadness in our hearts at the thought of the people of Paris losing not only such an astonishing, most attractive cathedral in the world, but their cathedral", Thomas Cardinal Collins said.

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