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Weekend ReadsNotre Dame towers believed to be safe, and the fire is cooling off: secretary

03:55  16 april  2019
03:55  16 april  2019 Source:   globalnews.ca

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Both towers of the Notre Dame Cathedral “ are safe ,” said Laurent Nunez, secretary to the interior minister, hours after a massive fire toppled its spire Notre Dame counts among its treasures two other relics connected to Holy Week: a fragment of the Wood of the Cross, believed by many to be a

Notre Dame 's two medieval bell towers were still intact, and its stained-glass rose windows appeared mostly unscathed. One of Notre Dame Cathedral's Officials said it will be at least another day before scaffolding from the earlier restoration work is stabilized so the rubble can start to be cleared away.

Firefighters in Paris were working to save the iconic Notre Dame Cathedral as a massive fire continues raged inside the building on Monday.

French President Emmanuel Macron said that he's going to launch an international fundraising campaign to restore the cathedral on Tuesday — he noted that the "worst had been avoided."

The cathedral's towers were believed to be safe and the fire cooling off, said Laurent Nunez, secretary to France's interior minister.

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Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo said Monday that firefighters were optimistic they could save the cathedral's main towers from flames.

Notre Dame towers believed to be safe, and the fire is cooling off: secretary© Benoit Tessier/Reuters Firefighters douse flames of the burning Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France April 15, 2019.

Two-thirds of Notre Dame's roof have been "ravaged" and a single firefighter was hurt in the blaze, Paris Fire Brigade commander Jean-Claude Gallet told reporters.

Firefighters managed to keep flames from reaching the cathedral's belfry, preventing a collapse.

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Gallet had earlier said that if the bell fell, then so would the tower.

A significant collection of artwork and holy objects inside the cathedral was saved, Hidalgo added.

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PARIS—As a raging fire engulfed the wood-and-metal frame atop Notre Dame on Monday evening, city firefighters made a A fire -brigade commander directed additional heavy water cannons mounted on 130-foot arms to douse the tower and create a water wall to protect it and the south tower from

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The flames began just before 7 p.m. local time on Monday, and spread rapidly throughout the cathedral, which is one of Europe's most well-known structures.

By 7:40 p.m., the rapid fire had spread to the spire, which collapsed just before 8 p.m.

Minutes after that, the entire roof of the Notre Dame came down, according to Reuters.

About 400 firefighters tried to contain the blaze with water hoses, as police and other emergency personnel cleared the area.

Notre Dame towers believed to be safe, and the fire is cooling off: secretary© Provided by Corus Media Holdings, Inc.

“Everything is burning, nothing will remain from the frame,” Notre Dame spokesman Andre Finot told French media.

The French capital’s police department said no deaths have been reported from the fire.

The police department did not mention any possible injuries.

French President Emmanuel Macron cancelled a speech, which was slated to take place in the evening, in order visit the scene of the fire.

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Notre Dame fire : What was lost and what was saved. Safe : Descent from the Cross. The cross and statue on Notre Dame 's high altar - sculpted by Nicolas Coustou in 1723 - were believed to have survived in tact despite being surrounded The fire was prevented from spreading to the bell towers .

Notre - Dame fire . image copyrightGetty Images. "This will enable the Notre - Dame team to salvage what can be reused and provide crucial Once the cathedral is cleared, experts say a thorough survey will need to be carried out to establish the extent of the damage and to ensure it is safe to re-enter.

As the fire spread, Macron tweeted, "Our Lady of Paris in flames. Emotion of a whole nation. Thought for all Catholics and for all French. Like all our countrymen, I'm sad tonight to see this part of us burn."

Macron was photographed with other onlookers outside the Cathedral as firefighters battled flames.

Interior Minister Christophe Castaner tweeted that "exceptional force" is being deployed in order to save as much of the cathedral as possible.

The Archbishop of Paris, Michel Aupetit, tweeted a message to priests to pray for the Notre Dame and ring their church bells.

"To all priests in Paris: firefighters are still fighting to save the towers of Notre-Dame de Paris. The frame, the roof and the boom are consumed. Pray. If you wish, you can ring the bells of your churches to invite to prayer."

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The Gothic cathedral is among the most famous from the Middle Ages. Construction for the iconic landmark began in 1163, according to its website. It was built on the ruins of two earlier churches.

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The fire is "potentially linked" to a 6 million-euro (US$6.8 million) renovation project that was currently underway at the UNESCO World Heritage site. The building also houses some of the world's most valuable art.

French officials have opened a formal investigation into the cause of the blaze.

The cathedral, which features in Victor Hugo's classic novel "The Hunchback of Notre-Dame," attracts roughly 12 million tourists every year.


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This is what the Notre Dame looked like before Monday's fire:

Reaction to the devastating fire poured in from across the globe, with world leaders offering support to France.

Among them was Prime Minister Justin Trudeau who called the scene "heartbreaking."

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Fire watch: Officials have plans to prevent a Notre Dame blaze on Parliament Hill With images of Notre Dame Cathedral engulfed in flames still fresh in people’s minds, officials in Ottawa are assuring Canadians a plan is in place to protect one of this country’s most famous landmarks from a similar tragedy. A devastating fire swept through the nearly 900-year-old Paris icon on Monday, toppling its historic spire, destroying much of the building's roof and endangering the priceless artwork and artifacts housed inside. The cause of the fire isn't known for certain; Paris police investigators said Thursday they now believe an electrical short-circuit may have started the blaze.

Global Affairs Canada told Global News that there are no reports of Canadians affected by the fire.

The government advised Canadians in Paris to "respect security perimeters in place" and follow instructions of local authorities.

Any Canadians that may need assistance can reach out to the government's 24-hour emergency services centre by emailing sos@international.gc.ca or calling +1 800 387 3124.

U.S. President Donald Trump also reacted to the fire, offering unsolicited advice on how to tackle the inferno.

The French Civil Security service, possibly responding to Trump's suggestion that firefighters "act quickly" and employ flying water tankers, said that was not an option as it might destroy the entire building.

"Helicopter or plane, the weight of the water and the intensity of dropping it at low altitude could weaken the structure of Notre-Dame and cause collateral damage to surrounding buildings," it tweeted.

New York's Met museum also offered to help with the eventual recovery process.

The Vatican also expressed devastation at the fire.

"The terrible news of the fire that has devastated the cathedral of Notre Dame, symbol of Christianity in France and in the world, was received in the Holy See with shock and sadness," spokesman Alessandro Gisotti said.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

— With files from Reuters and The Associated Press

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Fire watch: Officials have plans to prevent a Notre Dame blaze on Parliament Hill.
With images of Notre Dame Cathedral engulfed in flames still fresh in people’s minds, officials in Ottawa are assuring Canadians a plan is in place to protect one of this country’s most famous landmarks from a similar tragedy. A devastating fire swept through the nearly 900-year-old Paris icon on Monday, toppling its historic spire, destroying much of the building's roof and endangering the priceless artwork and artifacts housed inside. The cause of the fire isn't known for certain; Paris police investigators said Thursday they now believe an electrical short-circuit may have started the blaze.

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