Fire breaks out at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris

Bessie Dean
April 16, 2019

The next 90 minutes will be crucial to efforts to save what remains of the historic Notre Dame cathedral, French firefighters said. A presidential official said Macron was to go to the scene of the blaze.

Horrified onlookers gathered below near the Seine River to capture video and photos of the fire.

British politicians and religious leaders have expressed their sadness at the devastating fire engulfing Notre Dame cathedral this evening.

The fire apparently erupted Monday in the roof of the medieval church, which was undergoing a major restoration.

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

Smoke billows from Notre Dame Cathedral after a fire broke out, in Paris, France April 15, 2019. Firefighters worked tirelessly to battle the inferno, but the fire is not contained at the time of publication; AFP reports that the fire is "partially connected" to a $6.8 million renovation project going on at the cathedral, and is being treated as an accident.

Located in Île de la Cité, a small island in the middle of the city, the cathedral is one of Paris' most popular attractions, drawing an estimated 13 million visitors a year.

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"Everything is burning, nothing will remain from the frame", he said. Notre-Dame has stood tall above Paris since the 1200s.

"It really is no other word than sickening to watch such an incredible piece of history with awesome architecture just go up in flames", Furr said.

The wood-and-lead spire was built during that restoration, according to the cathedral's website. "For French people, it's a national symbol", he said.

The cause of the fire is not yet known. Emotion for the whole nation.

Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo described it as a "terrible fire" and urged people at the scene to stay safe. In the sanctuary, there's a statue of Madonna and Child - one of 37 representations of the Virgin Mary in the Cathedral - that dates back to the 14th century (though it was only moved to the Cathedral in 1818).

Paris police said the cause of the blaze at the 12th-century cathedral was unknown, but the fire was "potentially linked" to the renovation work being carried out at the site, French media quoted the Paris fire brigade saying.

Notre Dame's priceless artifacts included much of the building itself, such as it's famous gargoyles, the South Rose stained glass window, and it's grand organ complete with 8,000 pipes.

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