Wednesday, 21 August, 2019

Notre Dame fire: What caused Paris cathedral blaze? Investigation launched

Massive Fire At Historic Notre Dame Cathedral In Paris Paris' Notre Dame cathedral on fire
Patty Aguilar | 15 April, 2019, 22:42

"So awful to watch the massive fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris".

A cathedral spokesman has said the entire wooden interior of the Notre Dame is burning and likely to be destroyed.

Photos and videos on social media show the roof of the Gothic building covered in flames, issuing a plume of smoke above the city.

The president said the French believe the fire was related to the ongoing renovation of the 850-year-old cathedral. Finot stated that the cause of the fire is not yet clear.

"I am sad to see this part of us burn", he said on Twitter.

The Cathedral's website has a section on framing which says the wooden frame was built between 1160 and 1240. The church is undergoing a $6.8 million renovation, according to the Associated Press.

A spokesman for the cathedral told AFP that the wooden structure supporting the roof was being gutted by the blaze.

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French President Emmanuel Macron also cancelled a speech, which was slated to take place this evening, in order to address news of the fire.

"So frightful to watch the massive fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris", the president said. We are mobilized locally in close connection with church authorities.

Macron tweeted "emotion of a whole nation" on seeing Notre-Dame ablaze. It is one of Europe's most well-known landmarks.

"Paris police warned people to stay away from the area around the cathedral, which is one of the city's most famous landmarks, drawing about 13 million visitors a year", the Times reported.

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

I'll continue to update this story throughout the day.

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