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Paris cathedral blaze Highlights: President vows to rebuild Notre Dame Cathedral, fundraising efforts begin

Paris Notre Dame cathedral fire LIVE Updates: French President Emmanuel Macron said France would launch a campaign to rebuild the cathedral.

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Flames and smoke rise from Notre Dame Cathedral as it burns in Paris, Monday. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

A massive fire that engulfed Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris on Monday is completely under control. It is partially extinguished and there are residual fires to put out, French firefighters spokesman said. The fire gutted the roof and the spire of the medieval structure. The firefighters managed to save the shell of the stone structure and its two main bell towers from collapse. Huge clouds of yellow smoke could be seen billowing over the eight centuries-old cathedral as the fire raged throughout the evening. The cause of the incident, which was being treated as an accident by the police, was not clear.

The 12th-century cathedral was undergoing renovations, with some sections under scaffolding. “A terrible fire is underway at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris,” Mayor Anne Hidalgo said on Twitter.

Expressing pain, French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted, “Our Lady of Paris in flames. The emotion of a whole nation. Thought for all Catholics and for all French. Like all our countrymen, I’m sad tonight to see this part of us burn”. The President has also postponed his televised speech to the nation following the blaze incident.

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UN Secretary General "horrified" at Notre-Dame Cathedral fire

UN chief Antonio Guterres expressed horror and sadness at the devastation of the famed Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris as fire tore through the 12th-century symbol of faith and architectural brilliance, days just before the world will celebrate Easter.

The colossal fire swept through the famed cathedral in central Paris on Monday, causing a spire to collapse and threatening to destroy the entire masterpiece and its precious artworks.

The fire, which began in the early evening, sent flames and huge clouds of grey smoke billowing into the Paris sky. "Horrified by the pictures coming from Paris with the fire engulfing Notre-Dame Cathedral - a unique example of world heritage that has stood tall since the 14th century. My thoughts are with the people and government of France," Secretary-General Guterres said in a tweet as images began to flash on television and social media of a burning Notre- Dame Cathedral.

Audrey Azoulay, head of UNESCO – the Paris-based UN agency for education, science and culture – also expressed her "deep emotion in the face of this dramatic fire at the cathedral."

Shock and grief at Notre Dame Cathedral fire

The world reacted with shock and prayers to the massive fire at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, united in grief and in solidarity with the people of France.

As the flames tore through the 12th-century cathedral, Spain's prime minister offered France the help of his country in the recovery.

The fire is a ``catastrophe for France, for Spain and for Europe,'' Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez tweeted Monday, adding that the flames are destroying ``850 years of history, architecture, painting and sculpture.''

French President Emmanuel Macron told reporters near the scene that he will seek international help, including from the ``greatest talents'' in the world, to rebuild Notre Dame.

Twitter looks for dad in viral Notre Dame Cathedral picture clicked before fire

A picture taken of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris showing a man playing with his daughter went viral on Twitter. "I took this photo as we were leaving Notre Dame about an hour before it caught on fire. I almost went up to the dad and asked if he wanted it. Now I wish I had. Twitter if you have any magic, help him find this," a Twitter user wrote. 

Express Explained: How Notre Dame’s age, design fueled fire and foiled firefighters

Is there anything firefighters could have done to control the blaze that tore through Paris’ historic Notre Dame Cathedral sooner? Experts say the combination of a structure that’s more than 850 years old, built with heavy timber construction and soaring open spaces, and lacking sophisticated fire-protection systems led to the quick rise of flames Monday, which jeopardized the entire cathedral before firefighters brought the blaze under control. READ MORE HERE

Fire under control, partially extinguished

French Firefighters spokesman has said the Notre-Dame Cathedral fire is under control, partially extinguished. 

Notre Dame's age, design fueled fire and foiled firefighters

Experts say the combination of a structure that's more than 850 years old, built with heavy timber construction and soaring open spaces, and lacking sophisticated fire-protection systems left firefighters with devastatingly few options once the flames got out of control.

Fire hoses looked overmatched -more like gardening equipment than firefighting apparatus -as flames raged across the cathedral's wooden roof and burned bright orange for hours. The fire toppled a 300-foot (91-meter) spire and launched baseball-sized embers into the air. (AP)

Fundraising efforts begin to restore global landmark

The fire that devastated Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris on Monday prompted fund-raising appeals in the United States, as people horrified by the blaze began making commitments to restore a global landmark even before the flames were extinguished, Reuters reported. 

The New York-based French Heritage Society and the Go Fund Me crowdsourcing platform were among the first to offer help for a cathedral that is a must-see destination for visitors to Paris from all over the world.

French President Emmanuel Macron said an international campaign would be launched to raise funds for the rebuilding of Notre-Dame Cathedral.

Notre Dame Cathedral fire: Emotional impact widely felt

The Notre Dame Cathedral, situated on an island in the Seine River in the heart of Paris, is one of the world's most visited tourist destinations, drawing some 13 million people each year. The fire's emotional impact was widely felt. People from all over described in Facebook posts how they cried when they heard about the fire. (AP)

Notre Dame Cathedral fire: Roof, spire gutted in blaze

In pics, firefighters tackle the blaze as flames and smoke rise from Notre Dame cathedral as it burns in Paris, Monday. Massive plumes of yellow brown smoke filled the air above the Parisian landmark and ash fell on tourists and others around the island that marks the center of Paris. (Source: AP Photo)

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Notre Dame Cathedral fire: What was lost in the blaze?

A colossal fire brought down the church spire and the roof of the Notre Dame Cathedral Monday. A centuries-old crown of thorns made from reeds and gold and the tunic worn by Saint Louis, a 13th-century king of France, were saved, Notre-Dame's top administrative cleric, Monsignor Patrick Chauvet said. But firefighters had struggled to take down some of the large paintings in time, he said.

Emmanuel Macron vows to rebuild Notre Dame Cathedral

French President Emmanuel Macron said France would launch a campaign to rebuild the cathedral, including through fundraising efforts and by appealing to "talents" from overseas to contribute. "We will rebuild it together. It will undoubtedly be part of French destiny and our project for the years to come," a visibly moved Macron said. (Reuters)

French President Macron at the Notre Dame Cathedral

French President Emmanuel Macron speaks as Prime Minister Edouard Philippe and Archbishop of Paris, Michel Aupetit, stand in front of the Notre Dame Cathedral where a fire burns in Paris, France, April 15, 2019. (REUTERS)

One firefighter injured in Notre Dame fire

Main structure of Notre Dame cathedral saved

The main structure of Notre Dame cathedral in central Paris has been saved after hours of fire-fighting to put out a devastating blaze. "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. He also added that it appeared that the two main towers of the building had now been saved.

Fire at Notre Dame Cathedral: What happened so far

For those who are just joining our LIVE coverage of the massive fire at the Notre Dame Cathedral in France, here is a recap of the incident so far:

* Fire starts in roof of Notre Dame Cathedral around 6.50 pm (local time)
* Fire spreads to the giant spire.
* French President Emmanuel Macron cancels planned TV address to the nation to go to the scene.
* Cathedral’s spire collapses.
* Entire roof collapses
* Île de la Cité, the island on which Notre Dame sits, is evacuated by police.
* French President Macron arrives at the site of tragedy
* Firefighting operation underway

Devastating fire at Notre Dame Cathedral: SEE PHOTOS (Source: AP)

Unclear if the fire at Notre Dame can be contained: Paris fire chief

As the colossal fire continues to engulf Notre Dame Cathedral, the Fire Chief Jean-Claude Gallet said it’s unclear if city firefighters will be able to keep the blaze from spreading and causing more destruction. “We are not sure we are capable of stopping the spreading” to Notre Dame’s second tower and belfry, AP quoted him as saying. Speaking outside the iconic cathedral, Gallet said, “If it collapses, you can imagine how important the damage will be.” Flames already have reached one of Notre Dame’s towers and brought down the church spire that extended 96-meters-high (315-feet).

Might not be able to save Notre Dame: France’s Interior Ministry

As the fire continued to rage at the Notre Dame Cathedral, France’s Interior Ministry said firefighters might not be able to save the structure. The blaze collapsed the cathedral’s spire and spread to one of its landmark rectangular towers. A spokesman said the entire wooden frame of the cathedral would likely come down, and that the vault of the edifice could be threatened too.

Fire engulfs roof of Notre Dame Cathedral

A massive fire engulfed the roof of the cathedral in the heart of the French capital on Monday afternoon as Parisians watched in horror.

Notre Dame Cathedral fire: Vatican prays for firefighters and Paris

The Vatican issued a statement about fire that gutted Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. “The Holy See has seen with shock and sadness the news of the terrible fire that has devastated the Cathedral of Notre Dame, symbol of Christianity in France and in the world,” it said. The statement further said the Vatican is praying for firefighters “and those who are doing everything possible to confront this dramatic situation” on Monday.

French President Emmanuel Macron reaches spot

French President Emmanuel Macron reached the spot of the tragedy Monday evening and held meetings at the nearby Paris police headquarters. He is treating the fire engulfing Notre Dame Cathedral as a national emergency. “All means” except for water-dropping aircraft have been deployed to tackle the blaze, France’s civil security agency said. The defense agency said those were unsuitable for fires like the one at Notre Dame because dumping water on the building could cause the whole structure to collapse.

People watch in horror as Notre Dame burns

Parisians and tourists watched in sheer horror as colossal fire swept through the iconic Notre Dame Cathedral. Some were in tears, others offered prayers from the banks of the river Seine as structure was consumed by the inferno. "This is really sad - the saddest thing I've ever stood and watched in my life," a British tourist said. People gasped in stunned disbelief and horror as the church's spire came crashing down.

Fire spreads to landmark Notre Dame tower: AP

The mammoth fire that destroyed the spire of Notre Dame Cathedral has spread to one of the church’s landmark rectangular towers. Paris police say fighters are inside the cathedral working to put the flames out while others work from the exterior. Red smoke is pouring out of the cathedral. A Notre Dame spokesman said earlier that the church’s entire wooden interior was in flames.

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Significance of Notre Dame de Paris

Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris was devastated in the massive fire which engulfed the Parisian landmark Monday. It is a major loss for the city as the monument has come to form part of Paris' identity in the world. The foundation stone of this medieval cathedral, known as Notre-Dame de Paris ("Our Lady of Paris"), was laid in 1163 in the reign of Louis VII and was constructed over the next century. The stonework and stained glass of the edifice recreate images and lessons from the Bible. Major restoration and additions were made in the 17th and 18th century to the Gothic structure.

Workers scrambled "to save all the artworks that can be saved": Deputy Paris mayor

Deputy Paris mayor Emmanuel Gregoire told BFM TV the spire "collapsed inwards" and that workers were scrambling "to save all the artworks that can be saved."

Paris cathedral fire: Labour MP Yvette Cooper expresses sorrow

German Chancellor Angela Merkel expresses grief

Expressing grief German chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman, on her behalf, said on Twitter: “It is with profound sadness that I am witnessing the events in Paris. I am saddened to see these terrible images of Notre Dame, symbol of France and of our European culture, in flames. Our thoughts go to our French friends.”

London stands in sorrow with Paris: Mayor Sadiq Khan

London Mayor Sadiq Khan expressed his sorrow at the incident and extended solidarity.

Notre Dame Cathedral fire heart-breaking: INC

Notre Dame Cathedral engulfed by fire: Visuals from the site

Flames rise from Notre Dame cathedral as it burns in Paris, Monday, April 15, 2019. (Source: AP Photo)
Smoke billows from Notre Dame Cathedral after a fire broke out, in Paris, France April 15, 2019. (Source: REUTERS)
Massive 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. (Source: AP Photo)

Paris: Cathedral continues to burn

A spectator, watching the fire from a fifth-floor balcony two blocks from the southern facade of the cathedral, was quoted as saying, "Basically the whole rooftop is gone. I see no hope for the building." Meanwhile, a police officer present at the site of the site said,  "Everything is collapsing." 

Sad to see a part of us burn: President Macron on Notre Dame Cathedral fire

Saddened by the damage caused by the fire at the historic Parisian landmark, French President Emmanuel Macron expressed the "emotion of a whole nation" on seeing the famed Notre-Dame cathedral ablaze and its spire collapse.

"Notre-Dame consumed by flames. Emotion of a whole nation," Macron tweeted, adding that "like all my compatriots I am sad to see a part of us burn this evening" and expressing solidarity with "all Catholics and all French people."

Everything is burning: Notre Dame spokesperson

As the historic Notre Dame Cathedral went up in flames, the spokesman of the Parisian landmark, Andre Finot was reported as saying,  “Everything is burning, nothing will remain from the frame.”

Donald Trump: Horrible to watch the massive fire

US President Donald Trump tweets, "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!"

Paris cathedral fire: Blaze could be related to renovation work

The authorities said the fire at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris could be linked to the ongoing renovation work at the monument. It's unclear if anyone has been hurt in the fire.

President Emmanuel Macron cancels address to the nation

President Emmanuel Macron cancelled an address to the nation that he had been due to give later on Monday evening. A presidential official said Macron was to go to the scene of the blaze. Macron's pre-recorded speech was set to be aired later Monday on French TV. Macron was expected to lay out his plan to address the citizen complaints that gave rise to the yellow vest protests that have rocked France since November.

French President Emmanuel Macron: 'Sad tonight to see this part of us burn'

Expressing pain, French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted, "Our Lady of Paris in flames. Emotion of a whole nation. Thought for all Catholics and for all French. Like all our countrymen, I'm sad tonight to see this part of us burn". The President has also postponed his televised speech to the nation following the blaze incident.

Part of the spire at Notre Dame Cathedral collapses

Massive fire engulfs Notre Dame Cathedral

Notre-Dame Cathedral went up in flames on Monday in a roaring blaze that devasted the Parisian landmark, one of France's most visited places. Flames burst through the roof of the centuries-old cathedral and quickly engulfed the spire, which collapsed.

The cathedral, which dates back to the 12th century and is famous for featuring in Victor Hugo's classic novel the Hunchback of Notre-Dame, attracts millions of tourists every year.

Notre-Dame was in the midst of renovations, with some sections under scaffolding and bronze statues were removed last week for works. The wood and lead spire was built during a restoration in the mid-19th century, according to the cathedral's website.