Flames and smoke rise from Notre Dame cathedral as it burns in Paris, Monday, April 15, 2019. Large plumes of yellow brown smoke is filling the air above Notre Dame Cathedral and ash is falling on tourists and others around the island that marks the center of Paris.
A fireplace swept throughout the highest of the Notre Dame Cathedral while the hovering Paris landmark was beneath renovations Monday, collapsing its spire and threatening one of many world’s biggest architectural treasures as locals and vacationers watched aghast from the streets.
The French president pledged to rebuild a cathedral that he referred to as “part of us” and appealed for help to do so. The 12th-century church is house to relics, stained glass and different incalculable artistic endeavors and is a leading vacationer attraction, immortalized by Victor Hugo’s 1831 novel “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.”
The Paris prosecutor’s office stated it was treating the hearth as an accident, ruling out arson and potential terror-related motives, at the least for now. French media quoted the Paris hearth brigade as saying the hearth was “probably linked” to a 6 million euro ($6.8 million) renovation venture on the spire and its 500 tons of wood and 250 tons of lead.
Despite the dramatic image of the flaming cathedral, no one was killed. One firefighter was injured, amongst some 400 who battled the flames for hours earlier than lastly extinguishing them. Firefighters continued working by means of the night time to cool the constructing and secure the monument, as residual sparks sprinkled down from the gaping gap where the spire was.