Notre Dame Blaze Probably Accidental, French Prosecutors Say

Saul Bowman
April 19, 2019

"Each time we have rebuilt them", he said.

Bishop Robert Coerver of Lubbock in Texas, United States for example released a statement stressing the spiritual significance and aesthetic beauty of the cathedral, and praying for the safety of all Catholics in the French capital.

There was no immediate danger that the structure would topple but statues were also being removed to reduce the risk of movement, the fire service's spokesman said.

The 12th-century cathedral is the most visited tourist site in Paris, with some 13 million people entering the church each year to see relics, famed stained glass windows and numerous historic works of art.

The French president has said he would seek help from the "greatest talents" in the world to rebuild Notre Dame, and many governments said they were considering contributions to what would be a significant architectural undertaking.

The fire swiftly ripped through the cathedral's timbered roof supports, where workmen had been carrying out extensive renovations to collapsed balustrades and crumbling gargoyles, as well as the spire's wooden frame.

The graphic below, provided by Statista, illustrates the history of the famous Notre Dame cathedral.

"While we must await the final damage assessment, media images make it look like a tragic loss", he said. Notre Dame is part of a UNESCO heritage site and UNESCO has offered its expertise.

A symbol of Paris for close to a millenium, serving as a sanctuary for the hero in Victor Hugo's classic novel "The Hunchback of Notre-Dame", the towering house of worship has been in the wars before.

French billionaire Bernard Arnault and his conglomerate LVMH have pledged 200 million euros, according to The Associated Press, and François-Henri Pinault, another French billionaire, said he and his family would donate 100 million euros, according to Buzzfeed. Firefighters said they saved the twin bell towers but the building's roof was destroyed. Immediate steps will need to be taken to prevent further damage, since the structure is now particularly vulnerable to water damage. Over the years, organ makers renovated the instrument and added onto it, but it still contained pipes from the Middle Ages before Monday's fire. He called Notre Dame a "priceless treasure of Christian and world culture" and said Russian Federation is ready to send the "best specialists" to help rebuild it. French companies Total and L'Oreal each pledged 100 million euros. Greece also offered to contribute to the restoration effort.

"When the last stone was set in Notre Dame, the first one was laid here in Cologne, and in this respect it affects us all very much".

Parisians have woken up to see the full extent of a massive fire at Notre-Dame cathedral.

This year, long-haul flights are more popular than usual as most Japanese will have 10 consecutive days off due to the ascension of a new emperor on May 1. However the blaze severely damaged large parts of the building.

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