Large Fire Breaks Out At Notre Dame Cathedral In Paris

16 April, 2019, 00:12 | Author: Courtney Perry
  • Ablaze: Notre Dame Catherdal in Paris engulfed in fire

Footage from the scene shows large flames and plumes of smoke billowing from the building.

The TV images of the blaze transfixed viewers around the world, as flames ravaged the church that has towered over Paris for centuries and had come through long-range German bombardment during World War I and was spared damage during World War II.

Kathryn Brush, a professor emeritus of art history at Western University, told CTV News from London, Ont., that she gasped in horror when she saw the news.

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"He added: "We can be only horrified by what we see".

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Paris police said there were no deaths so far and the origin of the fire was unknown.

"I hope that the Paris fire brigade will get the fire under control as soon as possible". It survived two world wars largely unscathed.


"And I've been there, and I've seen it, and there's no cathedral, I think I could say this, probably no cathedral in the world like it, it's a bad scene", he continued.

'I have a lot of friends who live overseas and every time they come I tell them to go to Notre Dame, ' said witness Samantha Silva, with tears in her eyes. "Like all our compatriots, I'm sad tonight to see this part of ourselves burn".

Macron tweeted "emotion of a whole nation" on seeing Notre-Dame ablaze.

Hidalgo said Paris authorities are in touch with Paris diocese. First immortalized in Victor Hugo's book "The Hunchback of Notre Dame", the building has always been a subject of fascination of historians and art lovers, drawing roughly 12 million tourists every year.

Officials said it could be linked to renovation work, the BBC reported.

The fire started around 6:50 p.m. local time, just minutes after the cathedral closed to the public, according to the Paris fire department.

The Gothic cathedral is famed for its many carved stone gargoyles, stunning stained glass windows and the flying buttresses that hold up its walls.

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