A fire broke out inside Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris during repair works around 7.00 PM. Firefighters came a few minutes later, but using to much water to extinguish the fire would jeopardize the stone structure. The roof collapsed a few hours later, including the spire from the center of the building.
The cause if the fire is linked by the officials to the renovation work on the Gothic building. The deputy interior minister Laurent Nunes told reporters it was not certain that the Cathedral could be save, according to BBC News.
French President Emmanuel Macron arrived at the scene and declared that his thoughts were with ”all Catholics and French people.” He cancelled an important TV speech to the nations because of the fire.
Notre-Dame Cathedral is one of the most important symbols of France, build in the 1200s. The last time it suffered major damage was during the French Revolution and it has survived two world wars without severe damage.
The building was undergoing renovations after cracks began to appear in the stone, creating fears that the structure could become unstable.
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