Notre Dame Fire: Flames and smoke plumed from the spire and roof of the Notre Dame cathedral (Reuters)
A major fire broke out today at the roof of Paris’s historic Notre-Dame Cathedral. The fire led to the collapse of the spore and ravaged the roof of the gothic monument, according to Paris deputy mayor Emmanuel Gregoire. He described the incident as “colossal damage”.
Workers have scrambled “to save all the artworks that can be saved,” French President Emmanuel Macron is also said to be on his way to the scene.
Flames and smoke plumed from the spire and roof of the cathedral, which is visited by millions of people annually.
Here are the LIVE Updates over the Notre Dame fire:
Notre-Dame Fire: “We will rebuild Notre-Dame”, says French President Emmanuel Macron
“We will rebuild Notre-Dame”, says French President Emmanuel Macron: news agency AFP
Notre-Dame Fire: “Worst has been avoided,” says France President Emmanuel Macron
French President Emmanuel Macron says ‘worst has been avoided’ in Notre-Dame fire, reported news agency AFP.
Notre Dame Fire: Main Structure of Notre-Dame “saved” says top fire official in Paris
The main structure of Notre-Dame cathedral in central Paris has been saved after hours of fire-fighting to put out a devastating blaze, the city’s top fire official said late Monday, reported news agency AFP.
“We can consider that the main structure of Notre-Dame has been saved and preserved,” Paris fire brigade chief Jean-Claude Gallet told reporters outside the cathedral, adding it appeared that the two main towers of the building had now been saved.
Notre Dame Fire: 400 fire fighters battling to save Notre Dame: AFP
Around 400 firefighters were attempting to stop the destruction of the Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris on Monday evening, describing the blaze as “difficult” to handle, reported news agency AFP.
Dozens of fire vehicles were at the scene while high-pressure hoses could be seen spraying water onto the collapsed roof and nave area, suspended from cranes.
“We are not sure we can stop the spread to the northern tower,” junior Interior Minister Laurent Nunez warned reporters, referring to the two stone towers at the front of the Gothic masterpiece.
“If that collapses, you can imagine the scale of the damage,” he added.
Notre Dame Cathedral Fire: Donald Trump calls the Notre Dame fire “horrible”
US President Donald Trump on Monday called the blaze engulfing Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris “horrible” and suggested the deployment of flying water tankers, reported AFP.
“So horrible to watch the massive fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Perhaps flying water tankers could be used to put it out. Must act quickly!” Trump tweeted.
Fire spread rapidly through a major portion of the magnificent Gothic cathedral at the heart of Paris, causing a spire to collapse and raising fears over the building
The cause of the blaze was not immediately confirmed, but the cathedral had been undergoing intense restoration work.
Notre Dame Fire: French Fire services “not sure” if Notre Dame fire can be stopped
The Paris fire service is not sure it will be able to halt the spread of the fire consuming the roof of Notre-Dame cathedral, a senior fire official at the scene told journalists on Monday night, news agency AFP reported.
“It’s not certain we’ll be able to halt the spread toward the northern bell tower. If that collapses, you can imagine the extent of the damage,” General Jean-Claude Gallet said, adding that 400 firefighters were battling the blaze.
Deputy Interior Minister Laurent Nunez, also speaking at the scene, added that saving the gothic monument “is not certain.”
Notre Dame Fire: Catholic Church “prays” for Notre Dame cathedral
The Catholic Church in the Holy Land said it is praying the fire that ripped through the Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris on Monday was “not intentional” while expressing solidarity with the church in France, news agency AFP reported.
“We pray that there will be no injuries, for the fire not to be intentional and for least possible damage to the Church,” a statement released in Jerusalem said.
“We express our solidarity with (the) Church in France,” the statement added.
It came as France’s deputy interior minister said that saving the Notre-Dame “is not certain” and as French fire services said they are “not sure” that the blaze could be stopped, reported AFP.
French fire services say ‘not sure’ if Notre-Dame fire can be stopped: AFP
French fire services say ‘not sure’ if Notre-Dame fire can be stopped, reports news agency AFP
Notre Dame Cathedral Fire: “This blaze looks terrible”: National Conference leader Omar Abdullah on Notre Dame fire
National Conference Omar Abdullah tweeted over the Notre Dame fire. “This blaze looks terrible. I hope they are able to put it out before it completely guts this historic building,” he said in the tweet.
Notre Dame Cathedral Fire: UNESCO says ‘at France’s side to save and restore’ Notre-Dame: AFP
UNESCO says ‘at France’s side to save and restore’ Notre-Dame, reported news agency AFP
Notre Dame Fire: “These horrible images of Notre-Dame on fire are painful,” says Germany
Germany lamented the huge fire devastating Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris on Monday, with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s office calling the building a “symbol of France and of our European culture”, reported news agency AFP.
“These horrible images of Notre-Dame on fire are painful,” Merkel’s spokesman Steffen Seibert said on Twitter.
“Notre-Dame is a symbol of France and of our European culture. Our thoughts are with our French friends.”
Notre Dame Fire: London Mayor Sadiq Khan says London “stands in sorrow” with Paris over the fire
London “stands in sorrow” with Paris over the devastating Notre-Dame Cathedral fire, the British capital”s Mayor Sadiq Khan said Monday, reported news agency AFP.
“Heartbreaking scenes of Notre Dame cathedral in flames,” Khan tweeted. “London stands in sorrow with Paris today, and in friendship always.”