Massive fire destroys roof and spire of Notre-Dame Cathedral

A huge fire engulfed Notre-Dame Cathedral, a landmark of Paris, on Monday and has destroyed the roof and spire of the 850-year-old Gothic building. The fire was brought under control by firefighters before the main bell towers and outer walls were collapsed.

The fire started at around 18:30 (16:30GMT) rapidly burst the roof of Cathedral, destroying the stained glass and engulfed the spire, which toppled, quickly followed by the entire roof. The building was undergoing the renovation.

The fire that lasted for 8 hours, was largely extinguished by 0300 CET on Tuesday. Hundreds of firefighters worked to prevent the bell towers from collapsing while many Parisian and tourist were horrified and shocked to see the building on fire. Churches around Parish rang the bell in response to the blaze, prayed and sang hymns.

French President Emmanuel Macron informing that “The worst has been avoided.” announced that he would launch a campaign to ‘rebuild the Cathedral together.’

Notre-Dame Cathedral- a symbol of a country – no other site represents France quite like Notre-Dame. Its main rival as a national symbol, the Eiffel Tower, is little more than a century old. Notre-Dame has stood tall above Paris since the 1200s. It has given its name to one of the country’s literary masterpieces.

Victor Hugo’s The Hunchback of Notre-Dame is known to the French simply as Notre-Dame de Paris. The last time the cathedral suffered major damage was during the French Revolution.It survived two world wars largely unscathed.

Watching such an embodiment of the permanence of a nation burn and its spire collapse is profoundly shocking to any French person.

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