French Official Says Notre Dame’s Structure Will Survive Fire

Deanna Kelley
April 16, 2019

A Clemmons woman visiting Paris described watching the fire raging at Notre Dame Cathedral.

Firefighters are battling a massive blaze at the French capital's iconic Notre Dame Cathedral.

Built in the 12th and 13th centuries, Notre Dame is the most famous of the Gothic cathedrals of the Middle Ages as well as one of the most beloved structures in the world.

French media quoted the Paris fire brigade saying the fire is "potentially linked" to the renovation work.

"Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo used a Latin phrase used to represent Paris since around 1358, which roughly translates as: "[She] is tossed by the waves but does not sink". Flames and smoke could be seen engulfing the structure, with the spire collapsing into the church.

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby tweeted: "Tonight we pray for the firefighters tackling the tragic #NotreDame fire - and for everyone in France and beyond who watches and weeps for this handsome, sacred place where millions have met with Jesus Christ".

French President Emmanuel Macron told reporters near the scene that he will seek global help, including the "greatest talents" in the world, to rebuild Notre Dame.

Paris emergency services were also racing to salvage the artwork stored inside the cathedral.

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He added that two-thirds of the cathedral's roof "has been ravaged" and confirmed that one firefighter was injured, the only known injury from the fire.

On Monday evening social media users started to post footage of an intense fire engulfing the medieval Catholic cathedral, Notre Dame, which is situated in the centre of Paris.

Flames and smoke are seen billowing from the roof at Notre-Dame Cathedral.

A huge fire swept through the roof of the famed Notre-Dame Cathedral in central Paris on April 15. He said that's because the cathedral is bricks, stone and mortar that is lovely and significant, but of most importance is the "suffering, death, and resurrection of the Lord". "Emotion of a whole nation", Macron tweeted.

He extended "thoughts for all the Catholics and all the French".

The cathedral is "more than a historical monument", according to the translated cathedral website.

A group of Americans had just finished visiting Notre Dame Cathedral and were in a nearby park when they heard it was on fire.

"Our hearts are with the citizens of France and the tales of Notre Dame, true and fictional, in prayer that they will endure forever". "So terrible to watch the massive fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris".

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