Notre Dame in Paris catches fire
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
The roof of French capital Paris caught fire yesterday. The spire and at least part of the roof, and at least part of the wooden frame, collapsed. According to officials, the two bell towers were saved.in
The fire reportedly started at about 19:00(1700 ). Reportedly over 400 firefighters participated in extinguishing the blaze and were still working as of midnight. Not only did they put out the fire but they continued to cool the structure after the fire was gone to reduce the possibility of further damage.
Officials cleared the area around the cathedral.
The French Civil Security service said water bombing by aircraft was disallowed as it might have caused additional damage to the monument.
As of late yesterday, the fire's cause had not been officially stated. Presidentcancelled an address he was to have given during the evening and instead went to the scene.
Renovation work was ongoing in the building before the fire began. The world-famous cathedral, completed in the 13th century, is one of the most well-known monuments in France.
Eyewitness video from a nearby skyscraper
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