French cathedral on fire. Notre Dame cathedral in Paris ravaged by devastating fire; President Macron vows to rebuild, calling it France’s ‘destiny’

Cathedral fire under control after spire and roof destroyed

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And last night, though looking very sorry for themselves, they were in one piece as I stood beneath them alongside a posse of fire crews and prime ministerial aides. Even the great bells were nearly melted down. I feel incredibly sad and empty,' Stephane Seigneurie, a consultant who joined other shocked onlookers in a solemn rendition of 'Ave Maria' as they watched the fire from a nearby bridge. For now, it seems that it was what one official called a 'stray flame' — linked to a £5 million restoration project — which sparked the inferno. Firefighters declared success Tuesday morning in an over 12-hour battle to extinguish an inferno engulfing Paris' iconic Notre Dame cathedral that claimed its spire and roof, but spared its bell towers. Its mighty bells clanged at momentous junctures — when Paris was liberated from the Nazis in 1944, in tribute to the victims of the Sept. The cathedral was seeking private donations to make up the rest.

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Fire devastates Notre

french cathedral on fire

Experts are assessing the blackened shell of Paris' iconic Notre Dame cathedral to establish next steps to save what remains after a devastating fire destroyed much of the almost 900-year-old building. In Washington, Donald Trump tweeted: 'So horrible to watch the massive fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. The ancient black and white tiles leading up the aisle are under a gently-flowing river of hose water from the fire crews pumping what seems like much of the River Seine from their elevated platforms. People watching gasped as the spire folded over onto itself and fell into the inferno. President Emmanuel Macron said the whole nation was moved.

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Fire devastates Notre

french cathedral on fire

Located on the Ile de la Cite in the center of Paris and built on the ruins of two earlier churches, the cathedral draws about 13 million tourists a year, who marvel at its flying buttresses, its luminous stained glass, its grotesque but beloved gargoyles. About 400 firefighters battled the fire, aiming jets of water at the 850-year-old cathedral as solemn crowds watched quietly from behind police cordons. Paris fire chief Jean-Claude Gallet said the church's structure had been saved after firefighters managed to stop the fire spreading to the northern belfry. Echoing the fears of his entire country, French president Emmanuel Macron instantly declared a national emergency. The famous gargoyles and chimera that adorn Notre Dame were built in the 19th century by architect Eugene Viollet-le-Duc.

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Notre Dame cathedral in Paris ravaged by devastating fire; President Macron vows to rebuild, calling it France’s ‘destiny’

french cathedral on fire

Special correspondent Willsher reported from Paris and Times staff writer King from Washington. France 2 television reported that police were treating it as an accident. The statues of the apostles were removed last week for restoration. The flames and smoke plumed from the spire and roof of the gothic cathedral, visited by millions of people a year. The organ has undergone multiple restorations, most recently in the 1990s, but it retained some of its medieval-era pipes, according to the cathedral website. Parisians watching from the other side of the River Seine gasped as the spire folded over onto itself and fell into the inferno.

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The Vatican expressed its 'incredulity' and 'sadness' over the fire and offered prayers for firefighters tackling the blaze and solidarity with the French people. The green-grey statues, representing the 12 apostles and four evangelists, were apparently lowered by cranes from the site and taken away. He said while the 'worst had been avoided' and the facade and two towers saved, 'the next hours will be difficult'. Its 330ft-long roof, of which a large section was consumed in the first hour of the blaze, was one of the oldest such structures in Paris. Despite the dramatic image of the flaming cathedral, no one was killed.

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Notre Dame Cathedral devastated by fire, but part of the Paris icon is saved

french cathedral on fire

The fire, which began in the early evening, sent flames and huge clouds of grey smoke billowing into the Paris sky as stunned Parisians and tourists looked on in dismay Sparks fill the Paris air on Monday evening as fire crews spray water to try and stop the blaze. That is why, as news began to spread last night, Parisians flocked to the Seine. But it is burning and I know this sadness will be felt by all of our citizens. This is a city which was famously spared the destruction which history has wreaked on so many other European capitals. During the 1790s with the country in the grip of atheist Revolution the cathedral was desecrated and much of its religious iconography destroyed. The place where we survived epidemics, wars, liberation. That is what their history requires.

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Notre Dame fire: Paris cathedral destroyed by inferno

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As the spire fell, the sky lit up orange and flames shot out of the roof behind the nave of the cathedral, among the most visited landmarks in the world. French President Emmanuel Macron treated the fire as a national emergency, rushing to the scene and canceling a previously scheduled televised address meant to address France's yellow vest crisis. Perhaps flying water tankers could be used to put it out. Within hours, speculation was rife as to the cause of the fire. Right: Flames began to eat away at the spire from 6.

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Notre Dame on fire: French Interior Ministry says Firefighters might not be able to save Paris cathedral

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Its world-famous stained glass windows are in smithereens and the whole edifice is open to the skies. All approaches to the cathedral's island site had been sealed off to the public but crowds kept on coming from all directions for a glimpse. Firefighters said the roof had been mostly destroyed, and at one point they feared the entire structure could collapse. Architects Jean-Baptiste-Antoine Lassus and Eugène Viollet-le-Duc won the commission. Understandably, perhaps, no one saw fit to light a candle.

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