An utmost fire has grabbed the medieval cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris, one of the most famous landmarks of France. The 850-year-old Gothic construction roof and spire collapsed but the main structure, including the two bell towers, has been rescued claims by the officials. Firefighters are still struggling to contain the blaze as teams try to salvage the artwork kept inside. France President Emmanuel Macron named it a “terrible tragedy”. The real cause of the fire is still not clear.
Officials claim it could be involved in the restoration work which started after splits presented in the stone, increasing fears the structure could become unsteady.
From the office of France prosecutor said it had started a potential inquiry into “accidental destruction by fire”. A firefighter was seriously getting an injury while approaching the blaze.
In a way which is visible to the eye, Mr macron told the “ worst had been avoided” and vowed to initiate an international fund collecting scheme for reconstructing the cathedral.
The fire caught at around 18:30 and rapidly arrived at the roof of the cathedral, shattering its stained-glass windows and the wooden interior before pitching the spire. Some 500 firefighters worked to block one of the bell towers from falling down. More than four hours later, fire Chief Jean-Claude told the structure had been “saved and preserved” from the entire destruction. Approvals of the cathedral were under pillar as part of the extensive restorations and 16 copper statues had been removed in the last week.
Deputy Paris Mayor Emmanuel Gregoire told the building had encountered “colossal damages”, and teams were working to save the remaining artwork of the cathedral.
Historian Camille Pascal told French broadcaster BFMTV “invaluable heritage” had been wrecked, including happy and unfortunate events for centuries have been remarked by the bells of Notre-Dame. We can be horrified by what we see.
Thousands of people assembled in the streets around the cathedral, remarking the flames in silence. Some could be seen openly lamenting, while others were busy in prayers. A number of churches around Paris rang their bells in reply to the blaze, which occurred as Catholics celebrate Holy Week.
Because of the fire, Mr. Macron dismissed a speech on TV in which he was due to address the street objects that have pitched France For months.