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Monday, April 15, 2019

Flames cause 'colossal damages' to Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris


Live updates: Flames cause 'colossal damages' to Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, officials say.
Paris. The entire structure that supports the roof of Notre Dame "is being devoured by flames," an official spokesman said today.
The emblematic needle "just collapsed," announced Emmanuel Grégorie, the deputy to the mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, who laments "colossal damages." "Now a particular mission was started to try to save all the works of art" and "priority was given to securing the surroundings to protect tourists and neighbors from the risks of collapse," he told a television channel. "There will be nothing left of the structure (of the roof), which dates from the 19th century on one side and the XIII on the other", had lamented shortly before André Finot, spokesman for the cathedral. A spokesman for the church said that the entire wooden interior of the place burns. "Everything is burning, nothing will be left outside the frame," said Finot. The flames came from the roof of the iconic building built in the 12th century. It was not immediately reported if someone was hurt. The firefighters said it is possible that the fire was due to a renovation project on the church spire and its 250 tons of lead. President Emmanuel Macron postponed a message to the country that he had planned to carry out this Monday night in relation to the crisis of the "yellow vests", as a result of the "terrible fire that is sweeping the Notre Dame cathedral of Paris", announced the palace of the Elysée. The presidency did not specify when this intervention will take place, while all the television channels and social networks broadcast the impressive images of the Gothic cathedral, a true symbol of Paris that is consumed by flames. A fire broke out Monday afternoon in the emblematic Notre Dame de Paris cathedral, "potentially related" to the renovation work on the building, firefighters sources said. The fire broke out on Monday afternoon, "potentially related" to the works of renovation of the building, informed sources of the firemen. The fire started at the top of the cathedral, one of the most visited historical monuments in France, firefighters said. According to the spokesman of Notre-Dame, the fire would have been declared around 16h50 GMT Hundreds of Parisians and tourists watched in consternation the sinister from the bridges that cross the Seine, a journalist observed. A part of the Island of the City, a neighborhood in the heart of the capital, was being evacuated. Paris police asked residents in a tweet to avoid the sector and "give way to rescue vehicles." Persistent siren noises were heard in the center of the French capital.

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