Notre-Dame Fire - The main structure saved, centuries-old spire and roof destroyed

By Dhruvalakshmi Paithankar on Apr 16, 2019
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On the evening of 15th April 2019, Paris witnessed its beloved 850-year old icon Notre-Dame Cathedral succumbing to a devastating fire. Within hours after the fire broke, the iconic centuries-old spire and roof crumbled as the world silently wept for the loss of art, history, and literature. But, as more than 400 firefighters battled till early Tuesday morning on 16th April and bought Notre-Dame fire under control, the Gothic facade and two landmark towers were saved from total destruction. But when the flames of fire slowly made their way to engulf Cathédrale Notre-Dame, Paris lost a piece of its soul. 

The cause of the fire break-out is still undetected, but officials speculate that it could be because of the renovation work that began last year after cracks were noticed in the medieval stones of Notre-Dame. The premises of the cathedral were evacuated as soon as the fire was reported at around 6.50pm local time on Monday and no casualties were recorded. The firefighters also succeeded in saving the priceless collection of artworks in Notre-Dame. 

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Interior of the Notre Dame Cathedral before the fire

President Emmanuel Macron called it a ‘terrible tragedy’ and said, “Notre Dame is our history, it's our literature, it's our imagery. It's the place where we live our greatest moments, from wars to pandemics to liberations. This history is ours. And it burns. It burns and I know the sadness so many of our fellow French feel." 

President Emmanuel Macron also vowed to rebuild the iconic Notre Dame and an international fundraising camping to help restore the cathedral has also been launched.  He further added, “We will appeal to the greatest talents and we will rebuild Notre Dame because that's what the French are waiting for because that's what our history deserves as it's our deepest destiny.'

The Notre-Dame Cathedral will remain close to the public for an unknown period of time. 

Triphobo is heartbroken to see the fire destroying the irreplaceable Notre-Dame Cathedral and we stand with the people of France. We also hope that it will rise like a phoenix from its ashes.

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