Notre Dame Cathedral Survives Fire, ‘Saved and Preserved’

April 15, 2019

by Tamar Lapin

The 850-year-old building’s two main towers are also in the clear, Gallet added.

“The fire has lowered in intensity. We can say that the structure is saved, notably the northern belfry,” said Deputy Interior Minister Laurent Nunez, according to Le Figaro.

About two-thirds of the roof went up in smoke, as did the iconic spire, authorities said.

Pictures from inside the cathedral obtained by Reuter’s show fog and giant flames roaring. Another image shows firefighters gathered in a doorway as cinders rain down.

An investigation has been opened into how the blaze, which erupted at around 6:50 p.m. local time, began.

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