Notre Dame cathedral on fire in Paris

16 April, 2019, 03:41 | Author: Heather Diaz
  • Renovations had been underway at the cathedral

As the New York Times reports, around 400 firefighters are battling the blaze, and one spokesperson said that the next hour and a half (after 9:30 p.m. local time) will be "decisive" in how much of the building can be spared.

French President Emmanuel Macron arrives at the front entrance of the cathedral.

The former USA president called Notre Dame "one of the world's greatest treasures". Emotion for the whole nation. "Like all our compatriots, I am sad this evening to see this part of all of us burn", he tweeted. It is reported that there were extensive building works being carried out there, but there is no information yet as to what may have actually caused the fire. "My thoughts are with Parisians today and the firefighters who fight the flames".

Later in the day, she said she saw "massive billows of smoke, all different colours", and found out the basilica was burning. There is now no word on the cause of the fire.

According to a church spokesman, the entire wooden interior of the 12 century landmark is on fire. Paris emergency services were also racing to salvage the artwork stored inside the cathedral.

"Our Lady of Paris is in flames".

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Distraught Parisians and stunned tourists gazed in disbelief as the inferno raged at the cathedral, which sits on the Ile de la Cite, an island in the River Seine and marks the very center of Paris.

It is believed that the cathedral was built on a site originally occupied by a pagan temple, then by a Romanesque church, the Basilica of Saint Étienne, which was built between the 4th century and 7th century AD.

Horrified to watch the huge blaze engulfing and devastating Notre-Dame Cathedral.

The cathedral came under attack during the French Revolution in 1793 AD, and many of its treasures were destroyed or plundered. Henry VI of England was crowned inside the cathedral in 1431 and Napoleon Bonaparte was crowned Emperor of France inside the cathedral in 1804.

The prosecutors' office said late Monday they have ruled out arson in the fire, including possible terror-related motives for starting the blaze.

The cathedral, which dates back to the 12th century, features in Victor Hugo's classic novel "The Hunchback of Notre-Dame".

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