Enormous Fire Breaks Out in Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral

Yolanda Curtis
April 16, 2019

"My prayers are for the French people, the diocese of Paris, and everyone who will have to work hard to rebuild an global treasure, eternal and powerful", Castellanos said. The cathedral, which is located on one of two islands in the middle of the Seine River, had been under renovation and scaffolding covered much of the roof. "Like all our compatriots, I am sad this evening to see this part of us burning".

Vice President Mike Pence offered his "thoughts and prayers" to the people of Paris, as he talked about the "heartbreaking" sight of seeing a holy site on fire.

A massive fire engulfed the roof of the cathedral in the heart of the French capital on Monday afternoon as Parisians watched in horror.

Mr Macron has cancelled his planned speech to the nation following the fire, an Élysée Palace official said.

A cathedral spokesperson said the fire was first reported at 5.50pm GMT and the building was evacuated.

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Nearby, a father told his impatient child, "Sorry my son, but it's not every day Notre Dame is on fire", according to Birmbaum.

"It's been 800 years that the Cathedral watches over Paris", Pascal said. I see no hope for the building", said witness Jacek Poltorak told Reuters.

"Deep emotion in the face of this dramatic fire at the cathedral", Unesco said on Twitter, noting the monument was made a world heritage site in 1991.

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo says firefighters are trying to contain a "terrible fire".

The cathedral, which dates back to the 12th century, features in Victor Hugo's classic novel "The Hunchback of Notre Dame".

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Years of rain, snow and pollution were eroding the flying buttresses that prop the cathedral up, said Picaud, and that was putting the whole cathedral at risk of falling down.

Ashley Creed, who studied medieval history at the University of Toronto, always knew seeing Notre-Dame Cathedral in person would be a moment she'd never forget.

"This fire is nowhere under control - it's getting worse before our eyes", said CNN correspondent Melissa Bell.

"I've been in communication with France, they're having a awful bad fire, you probably saw", he said. Firefighters worked tirelessly to battle the inferno, but the fire is not contained at the time of publication; AFP reports that the fire is "partially connected" to a $6.8 million renovation project going on at the cathedral, and is being treated as an accident.

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