Notre-Dame: Massive glow ravages Paris cathedral

Media captionThere were gasps from a throng during a impulse Notre-Dame’s spire fell

A vital glow has engulfed a Gothic cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris, one of France’s many famous landmarks.

The 850-year-old Gothic building’s spire and roof have collapsed though a categorical structure, including a dual bell towers, has been saved, officials say.

Firefighters are still operative to enclose a glow as teams try to deliver a design stored inside.

President Emmanuel Macron called it a “terrible tragedy”. The means of a glow is not nonetheless clear.

Officials contend it could be related to a restoration work that began after cracks seemed in a stone, sparking fears a structure could turn unstable.

Paris prosecutor’s bureau pronounced it had non-stop an exploration into “accidental drop by fire”. A firefighter was severely harmed while rebellious a blaze.

Visibly emotional, Mr Macron pronounced a “worst had been avoided” and vowed to launch an general fundraising intrigue to reconstruct a cathedral.

How did a glow spread?

The glow began during around 18:30 (16:30 GMT) and fast reached a roof of a cathedral, destroying a stained-glass windows and a wooden interior before toppling a spire.

Some 500 firefighters worked to forestall one of a bell towers from collapsing. More than 4 hours later, glow arch Jean-Claude Gallet pronounced a categorical structure had been “saved and preserved” from sum destruction.

Sections of a cathedral were underneath scaffolding as partial of a endless renovations and 16 copper statues had been private final week.

Deputy Paris Mayor Emmanuel Gregoire pronounced a building had suffered “colossal damages”, and teams were operative to save a cathedral’s remaining artwork.

Media captionThe glow dialect pronounced a vital operation was underneath way

Historian Camille Pascal told French broadcaster BFMTV that “invaluable heritage” had been destroyed, adding: “Happy and hapless events for centuries have been noted by a bells of Notre-Dame. We can be usually frightened by what we see”.

How have people reacted?

Thousands of people collected in a streets around a cathedral, watching a abandon in silence. Some could be seen plainly weeping, while others sang hymns or pronounced prayers.

Several churches around Paris rang their bells in response to a blaze, that happened as Catholics applaud Holy Week.


Notre-Dame cathedral glow


Image of Notre Dame with a building missing


Image of Notre Dame with a building on fire

Because of a fire, Mr Macron cancelled a debate on TV in that he was due to residence a travel protests that have rocked France for months.

Visiting a scene, a boss pronounced a cathedral was a building “for all French people”, including those who had never been there.

“We’ll reconstruct Notre-Dame together”, he pronounced as he praised a “extreme courage” and “professionalism” of a firefighters.

A pitch of a country

Analysis by Henri Astier, BBC World Online

No other site represents France utterly like Notre-Dame. Its categorical opposition as a inhabitant symbol, a Eiffel Tower, is small some-more than a century old. Notre-Dame has stood high above Paris given a 1200s.

It has given a name to one of a country’s literary masterpieces. Victor Hugo’s The Hunchback of Notre-Dame is famous to a French simply as Notre-Dame de Paris.

The final time a cathedral suffered vital repairs was during a French Revolution. It survived dual universe wars mostly unscathed.

Watching such an essence of a life of a republic bake and a spire fall is profoundly intolerable to any French person.

Facts about Notre-Dame

  • The church receives roughly 13 million visitors any year, some-more than a Eiffel Tower
  • A Unesco World Heritage site, it was built in a 12th and 13th centuries
  • Several statues of a masquerade of a Catholic cathedral were private for renovation
  • The roof, that has been broken by a blaze, was done mostly of wood
  • Read some-more about a treasures of a cathedral

What has been a general reaction?

The Vatican voiced “shock and sadness,” adding that it was praying for a French glow services.

Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel has offering her support to a people of France, job Notre-Dame a “symbol of French and European culture”.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May pronounced in a tweet: “My thoughts are with a people of France tonight and with a puncture services who are fighting a terrible glow during Notre-Dame cathedral”.

Also on Twitter, US President Donald Trump pronounced it was “horrible to watch” a glow and suggested that “flying H2O tankers” could be used to extinguish a blaze.

In an apparent response, a French Civil Security use pronounced that was not an choice as it competence outcome in a fall of a whole building.