Notre-Dame Fire: French President Macron Promises to Rebuild Paris Icon

By Anna Breuer on 15 April 2019
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IMG_1496A massive fire threatened to destroy the Notre-Dame Cathedral on Monday, but the damage was contained after an intense effort by the city’s firefighters.

The uplifting spire and roof of the Notre-Dame Cathedral, a symbol of the city of Paris, were destroyed in a fire that started Monday evening. The building sustained “colossal damage” and the interior, which dated back to the 12th century, was gutted. “Everything is burning,” said cathedral spokesman Andre Finot to reporters.

The fire broke out at the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris Monday evening at 6:30 p.m. local time.

“We now believe that the two towers of Notre-Dame have been saved,” said Paris fire chief Jean-Claude Gallet to reporters late in the evenig. “We now consider that the main structure of Notre-Dame has been saved and preserved.”

Much of the roof of the cathedral was destroyed, along with its iconic spire.

World leaders expressed shock at the news, as did the country’s president.
“Like all our compatriots, I am sad this evening to see this part of all of us burn,” said French president Emmanuel Macron in a tweet. Speaking to reporters near the cathedral, he promised to rebuild Notre-Dame, saying he will seek international help, including the “greatest talents” in the world, for the project.

The full extent of the damage to the rest of the cathedral was not clear at press time. “We’re working to save the cathedral’s works of arts,” said Laurent Nunez, secretary to France’s interior minister to reporters late Monday.

The 850-year-old structure, built with heavy timber construction and soaring open spaces, did not have modern fire-protection systems and this led to the quick spread of flames Monday.

Construction of the cathedral began in 1160 and it was largely completed by 1260.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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