Breaking: The Historic Notre Dame Cathedral In Paris Is In Flames
In heartbreaking news, the iconic Notre Dame cathedral in the heart of Paris, France has been engulfed by flames and its' signature spire has collapsed.
BREAKING: French Interior Ministry official says firefighters might not be able to save Notre Dame Cathedral. https://t.co/RWRGb4hH7S— The Associated Press (@AP) April 15, 2019
Videos taken by horrified onlookers have shown the cathedral being overtaken by flames while smoke billowed up around its signature spire, which was under construction, until it leaned to one side and collapsed on Monday.
According to the French Interior Ministry, 400 firefighters were sent to contain the blaze after making their way through rush-hour traffic, but officials reported that despite their hard work, they were not able to save the Cathedral.
The cause of the fire was not immediately known, though there was speculation that the renovations the landmark was undergoing may have played a part. No injuries were immediately reported.
The Notre Dame was known as the heart of Paris and is one of the world's most beloved landmarks and religious symbols. It was nearly 800 years old, with its foundation stone laid by Pope Alexander III in 1163. It was completed in the 13th century. Nearly 13 million people from all over the world came to visit the incredible feat of architecture every year.
BREAKING: Part of the spire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris has collapsed amid a raging fire. https://t.co/Cb6amB0j6k— The Associated Press (@AP) April 15, 2019
The Vatican released a statement in response to the tragedy, according to the Associated Press.
“The Holy See has seen with shock and sadness the news of the terrible fire that has devastated the Cathedral of Notre Dame, symbol of Christianity in France and in the world,” the statement read.
Citizens of Paris, especially those who witnessed the fire, are also devastated and heartbroken, according to CNN. The President of France, Emmanuel Macron, delayed a speech planned for Monday night.
"Notre Dame of Paris in flames. Emotion for a whole nation. Thoughts for all Catholics and for all French. Like all our countrymen, I'm sad tonight to see this part of us burn," he said on Twitter.
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