A major fire broke out today at the roof of Paris’s historic Notre-Dame Cathedral. The fire led to the collapse of the spore and ravaged the roof of the gothic monument, according to Paris deputy mayor Emmanuel Gregoire. He described the incident as “colossal damage”.
Workers have scrambled “to save all the artworks that can be saved,” French President Emmanuel Macron is also said to be on his way to the scene.
Flames and smoke plumed from the spire and roof of the cathedral, which is visited by millions of people annually.
Here are the LIVE Updates over the Notre Dame fire:
Notre Dame Fire: US President Donald Trump on Monday called the blaze engulfing Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris “horrible” and suggested the deployment of flying water tankers.
“We can consider that the main structure of Notre-Dame has been saved and preserved,” Paris fire brigade chief Jean-Claude Gallet told reporters outside the cathedral, adding it appeared that the two main towers of the building had now been saved.
Dozens of fire vehicles were at the scene while high-pressure hoses could be seen spraying water onto the collapsed roof and nave area, suspended from cranes.
“We are not sure we can stop the spread to the northern tower,” junior Interior Minister Laurent Nunez warned reporters, referring to the two stone towers at the front of the Gothic masterpiece.
“If that collapses, you can imagine the scale of the damage,” he added.
“So horrible to watch the massive fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Perhaps flying water tankers could be used to put it out. Must act quickly!” Trump tweeted.
So horrible to watch the massive fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Perhaps flying water tankers could be used to put it out. Must act quickly!
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 15, 2019
Fire spread rapidly through a major portion of the magnificent Gothic cathedral at the heart of Paris, causing a spire to collapse and raising fears over the building
The cause of the blaze was not immediately confirmed, but the cathedral had been undergoing intense restoration work.
“It’s not certain we’ll be able to halt the spread toward the northern bell tower. If that collapses, you can imagine the extent of the damage,” General Jean-Claude Gallet said, adding that 400 firefighters were battling the blaze.
Deputy Interior Minister Laurent Nunez, also speaking at the scene, added that saving the gothic monument “is not certain.”
“We pray that there will be no injuries, for the fire not to be intentional and for least possible damage to the Church,” a statement released in Jerusalem said.
“We express our solidarity with (the) Church in France,” the statement added.
It came as France’s deputy interior minister said that saving the Notre-Dame “is not certain” and as French fire services said they are “not sure” that the blaze could be stopped, reported AFP.
“These horrible images of Notre-Dame on fire are painful,” Merkel’s spokesman Steffen Seibert said on Twitter.
The spire of Notre Dame Cathedral collapsed on Monday as a massive fire spread through the iconic building.
“Heartbreaking scenes of Notre Dame cathedral in flames,” Khan tweeted. “London stands in sorrow with Paris today, and in friendship always.”
Heartbreaking scenes of Notre Dame cathedral in flames.
– Sadiq Khan (@SadiqKhan) April 15, 2019
A fire broke out at the landmark Notre-Dame Cathedral in central Paris on Monday afternoon, potentially involving renovation works being carried out at the site, the fire service said.
"Will Rebuild Notre-Dame": French President Emmanuel Macron: LIVE Updates – NDTV News