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On Monday, April 15th one of Europe’s most iconic and historical cathedrals tragically caught on fire. The Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, France went up in flames as firefighters frantically continue to work to save the monumental building.
Around 6:50 pm local time Monday, flames engulfed the roof of the Notre-Dame Cathedral causing the main spire of the building to collapse. According to Fox News, just minutes before collapsing, flames tore through two of the bell towers. While the main structure and the two main towers of the cathedral remained intact, the roof has been completely destroyed.
Notre-Dame spokesperson, Andre Finot spoke with the media.
“Everything is burning, nothing will remain from the frame.”
A cloud of smoke has taken over the sky just above the cathedral. As 500 firefighters worked overtime to get the fire contained, they were extremely careful how to go about it. Unfortunately, they were unable to use a water-bombing aircraft in fear that the weight would cause the entire structure to collapse.
Thankfully, no injuries have been reported. Meanwhile, citizens have come together in prayer and hymns nearby Notre-Dame in hopes to save their beloved cathedral.
All the precious artwork has been rescued and stored in a safe place away from the fires.
While citizens and law enforcement are still trying to uncover what caused the massive flames, it is known that Notre-Dame was undergoing a $6.8 million renovation.
The latest update has come from the French President Emmanuel Macron who has confirmed that the cathedral’s stone facade and main towers remain standing.
“I’m telling you all tonight – we will rebuild this cathedral together. This is probably part of the French destiny. And we will do it in the next years. Starting tomorrow, national donation scheme will be started that will extend beyond our borders.”
We have received conflicting reports on the status of the fire, although several news sources have live updates you can watch online.
Our prayers go out to the country and all they have lost in this tragic fire.