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1 Tuesday, April 16, 2019 10:15

Inside Notre Dame as fire rages through cathedral roof

Pictures from inside Paris’s Notre Dame Cathedral offer some hope that the majority of the building has been saved following a catastrophic fire.The blaze has left a nation mourning the devastation of its cultural and historic ‘epicentre’ and sent shockwaves around the world.Hundreds of firefighters tackled the historic blaze through the night, battling to stop it wreaking complete destruction of the treasured facade after flames torched the roof, sending its spire crashing to the ground before crowds of horrified Parisians.
Meanwhile, teams raced to recover what treasures they could from the 850-year-old Gothic masterpiece, which housed priceless artefacts and relics of huge religious and international significance.A large hole can be seen in the roof of the cathedral (Picture: Reuters)It is hoped that the majority of the cathedral can be saved (Picture: EPA)Smoke pictured around the altar of the cathedral as firefighters worked on stopping the flames spread further (Picture: AP)The blaze, which broke out as the last crowds of tourists ended visits at around 6pm BST (7pm local time), was finally declared to be ‘completely under control’ nearly nine hours later.
Advertisementif(window.adverts) { adverts.addToArray({"pos": "mpu_mobile_top"}) }Advertisementif(window.adverts) { adverts.addToArray({"pos": "mpu_tablet"}) }However, it is expected to take several days to completely extinguish all remaining pockets of fire, dampen down hotspots and secure the world-famous edifice.
Attention is beginning to turn to what may have caused the landmark, part of which was being restored, to fall victim to such a disaster.The Paris prosecutors’ office said police will carry out an investigation into ‘involuntary destruction caused by fire’, indicating authorities are treating the blaze as a tragic accident for now.
Arson, including possible terror-related motives, was earlier ruled out.It is expected to take several days to completely extinguish all remaining pockets of fire (Picture: Reuters)Attention is beginning to turn to what may have caused the landmark, part of which was being restored, to fall victim to such a disaster (Picture: Reuters)The first harrowing images from within the fire-ravaged cathedral began to emerge as firefighters brought the blaze under control (Picture: Backgrid)Ashes can be seen falling in the background (Picture: Reuters)(Picture: Abaca/PA)Visiting the scene on Monday night, French president Emmanuel Macron said a national subscription would be launched to rebuild the national monument.
It was reported by AFP that billionaire French fashion mogul Francois-Henri Pinault had pledged 100 million euros (£86 million) towards the effort.‘Notre Dame is our history, our imagination, where we’ve lived all our great moments, and is the epicentre of our lives,’ Mr Macron said.‘It’s the story of our books, our paintings.
. It’s the cathedral for all French people, even if they have never been. But it is burning and I know this sadness will be felt by.....
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