Notre Dame cathedral's spire collapses as roof engulfed by fire

Tanya Cunningham
April 16, 2019

On Monday, the iconic Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France erupted in flames, which caused its spire and roof to collapse.

A huge plume of smoke wafted across the city and ash fell over a large area. A thought for all Catholics and for all French.

In Washington, Trump tweeted: "So terrible to watch the massive fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris" and suggested first responders use "flying water tankers" to put it out.

"The lead that protects the wooden spire from the elements, which dates from the mid-nineteenth century, has fallen into disrepair, and because of water damage to the wooden structure beneath, is structurally compromised", according to the Notre Dame website. Others compared Donald's words about the fire to former President Barack Obama's words, and advised him to pay attention to what a "real president" says.

While experts said that the cathedral was not at risk of sudden collapse, many will now be fearing the worst, as parts have already collapsed.

"We are now in a time of cooling but both towers of the cathedral are safe", she told reporters. "Lisa & I visited many years ago & were in awe. It's a real symbol of Paris".

Arson and terror-related motives have been ruled out by French law enforcement officials, who are treating the fire as an accident. He added that two-thirds of the cathedral's roof "has been ravaged" and confirmed that one firefighter was injured, the only known injury from the fire.

It is renowned for its rib vaulting, flying buttresses and stunning stained glass windows, as well as its many carved stone gargoyles.

It was ransacked by rioting Protestant Huguenots in the 16th century, pillaged again during the French Revolution of the 1790s and left in a state of semi-neglect. After emerging to face a throng of reporters, Marcon vowed the cathedral would be rebuilt and announced the launch of an worldwide fundraising drive to begin raising the millions of dollars necessary to restore the building to its former glory.

Notre Dame was constructed in 1163 during the reign of King Louis VII and was completed in 1345.

"What horror. I share the French nation's sadness".

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