SVE NEWS & CNN Sharing Series – Fire at Notre Dame Cathedral

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Opinion: Watching Notre Dame burn, the entire world was in pain

Smoke rises in front of the altar cross at Notre Dame Cathedral after a fire engulfed the building. PHILIPPE WOJAZER/AFP/Getty Images

In a time of heightened political, religious and sectarian divisions, a fire in a Catholic cathedral in France brought the world together in shared sorrow, writes CNN’s world affairs columnist, Frida Ghitis.

“The massive, majestic cathedral looked like it had been there forever, and would remain until the end of time. If only for a moment, Notre Dame ablaze reminded us that we all share this world; that human history means everyone’s past,” Ghitis, a former CNN producer and correspondent, writes.

“If only for a moment, the notion of a ‘World Heritage,’ which UNESCO formally bestows on places that we, as humanity, ought to care for and cherish so that we can pass them to future generations, seemed exactly right. We all hurt over the loss of Notre Dame.”

Click or tap here to read the whole piece.

29 min ago

Paris police: Fire is now under control

From CNN’s Saskya Vandoorne

Firefighters are seen dousing the facade of the cathedral in the early hours of Tuesday. ZAKARIA ABDELKAFI/AFP/Getty Images

A spokesman for Paris police tells CNN the Notre Dame fire is now under control.

The fire burned for several hours Monday, causing the collapse of the cathedral’s iconic spire and the destruction of its roof structure, which dated back to the 13th century.

Consumed by flames, the spire leaned to one side and fell onto the burning roof as horrified onlookers watched.

French President Emmanuel Macron praised firefighters for saving the cathedral’s iconic facade and towers. “Thanks to their bravery, the worst has been avoided.”

38 min ago

Mayor: Several major artifacts saved from fire

The Crown of Thorns is a relic of the passion of Christ.Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo said in a tweet that major art pieces and sacred items from Notre Dame were saved from the fire.

“Thanks to the @PompiersParis, the police and the municipal agents,” Hidalgo tweeted, “the Crown of Thorns, the Tunic of Saint Louis and several other major works are now in a safe place.”

Merci aux @PompiersParis, aux policiers et aux agents municipaux qui ont réalisé ce soir une formidable chaîne humaine pour sauver les œuvres de #NotreDame. La couronne d’épines, la tunique de Saint Louis et plusieurs autres œuvres majeures sont à présent en lieu sûr. pic.twitter.com/cbrGWCbL2N

— Anne Hidalgo (@Anne_Hidalgo) April 15, 2019

The cathedral is home to numerous artifacts, works of art and religious relics, each telling a story.

After the devastating fire tore through the cathedral on Monday, toppling its spire, many feared the items — collected over the centuries — might be lost. It was unclear how many had been saved.

Click here to take a look at some of the most famous items that the Paris cathedral is home to, including several sacred artifacts, including the Crown of Thorns, a fragment of the “true cross” on which Jesus was crucified, and one of the nails used by Romans to crucify Christ.

1 hr 7 min ago

Michelle Obama: Cathedral gives us “a higher understanding of who we are”

Michelle Obama, seen in London at an earlier stop of her “Becoming: An Intimate Conversation With Michelle Obama” tour.Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images

The former US first lady, who is in Paris for her book tour, has tweeted about the “majesty” of the cathedral, which is one of the city’s most recognizable and visited attractions.

Michelle Obama writes that the “history, artistry, and spirituality” of the famed cathedral “took our breath away, lifting us to a higher understanding of who we are and who we can be.”

She signaled her commiseration with the people of Paris, but expressed confidence that it would soon be rebuilt, to “awe us again.”

The majesty of Notre Dame—the history, artistry, and spirituality—took our breath away, lifting us to a higher understanding of who we are and who we can be. Being here in Paris tonight, my heart aches with the people of France. Yet I know that Notre Dame will soon awe us again. https://t.co/p1mIDMbwe1

— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) April 15, 2019

1 hr 18 min ago

See the moment Notre Dame’s spire falls

The spire collapses as smoke and flames engulf Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELT/AFP/Getty Images

While the cathedral’s two towers were saved, its spire collapsed in the massive blaze that engulfed the world-famous building. Watch the moment it came down here.

1 hr 32 min ago

Archbishop: Fire “goes beyond Paris”

From CNN’s Saskya Vandoorne in Paris

Archbishop of Paris Michel Aupetit, right, accompanies President Emmanuel Macron and other officials as he speaks outside Notre Dame Cathedral.PHILIPPE WOJAZER/AFP/Getty Images

The fire at Notre Dame Cathedral “goes beyond Paris,” Archbishop Michel Christian Alain Aupetit told CNN.

“I received a supportive message from the chief rabbi of Paris. Everyone is writing in to share their feelings. This goes beyond Paris. People are reacting worldwide,” Aupetit said.

“The young people behind me show the power of faith, the power of a message of peace,” the Paris archbishop added.

 

1 hr 48 min ago

Turkish FM: Fire “a disaster for all humanity”

Bystanders look on as flames and smoke billow from the roof.FOUAD MAGHRANE/AFP/Getty Images

Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Turkey is following news of the fire at Notre Dame cathedral in Paris with “great sadness,” according to his official Twitter page.

“The destruction of this architectural masterpiece of world heritage is a disaster for all humanity,” Cavusoglu wrote in French on the social media site.

1 hr 58 min ago

Notre Dame’s roof structure — known as “the forest” — has been lost

From CNN’s Martin Goillandeau

Images from the cathedral’s website show the ancient wooden structures.From Notre Dame de Paris/Maurice Sully association

Notre Dame’s medieval roof structure, known as “the forest,” has been lost to the massive fire, according to Msgr. Patrick Chauvet, the rector of the cathedral.

“The framework from the 13th century is called a forest, because it required a forest of trees to build it,” he said.

The cathedral’s wooden frame, which primarily consists of oak, contains beams that date as far back as the first frame. It features trees cut down between 1160 and 1170, forming one of the oldest parts of the structure.

Most of the current frame dates from the year 1220, according to the church’s website.

According to the Notre Dame website, it’s one of Paris’s oldest frameworks. Learn more about the construction of the famous cathedral here.

2 hr 11 min ago

Joe Biden tweets, says cathedral will “rise again”

Former vice president and potential 2020 Democratic hopeful Joe Biden tweeted his thoughts on the blaze, which consumed large sections of the cathedral.

“For centuries, Notre Dame Cathedral has withstood wars, revolutions, and the test of time,” the tweet reads, noting that the devastating fire occurred during Holy Week, the holiest week of the Catholic calendar. Biden calls it “a symbol of faith & a testament to history,” adding that he believes it will be reconstructed, to “rise again.”

For centuries, Notre Dame Cathedral has withstood wars, revolutions, and the test of time. It is a symbol of faith & a testament to history. And even as our hearts break to see it burn today during the holiest week of the year for Catholics, I have faith that it will rise again.

— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) April 15, 2019

2 hr 45 min ago

Paris prosecutor opens an investigation into the Notre Dame fire

From CNN’s Saskya Vandoorne

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The Paris prosecutor’s office has opened an investigation into the devastating fire at Notre Dame Cathedral, a spokesperson told CNN on Monday.

Prosecutors will be investigating an “involuntary destruction by fire,” the spokesperson said.

2 hr 39 min ago

French President Emmanuel Macron: “We will rebuild this cathedral together”

From CNN’s Martin Goillandeau

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French President Emmanuel Macron just announced that, starting Tuesday, he will launch an international fundraising campaign to rebuild the Notre Dame Cathedral.

Macron, speaking from the scene, described the fire as a “terrible tragedy,” but added the “worst had been avoided.” He noted that the cathedral’s facade and two main towers did not collapse during the fire.

“I’m telling you all tonight — we will rebuild this cathedral together. This is probably part of the French destiny. And we will do it in the next years. Starting tomorrow, a national donation scheme will be started that will extend beyond our borders,” Macron said.

Watch Macron’s statement below:

2 hr 54 min ago

Mass was being celebrated at the cathedral when the fire broke out, attendee says

French-American François-Xavier Lochet, 70, was attending Mass at Notre Dame Cathedral on Monday when a loud alarm went off just as the congregation began the Universal Prayer — it was so loud Lochet could barely understand the messages in French and English.

Most of those who heard it, however, just stood there as visitors began to be ushered out of the cathedral. That was until, Lochet said, a police officer approached a priest and told him, “This is no joke. You’ve got to get out.”

Lochet began walking back to his mother’s home when he turned around and saw smoke.

“Nobody was paying attention,” he said. “I stopped and I took my phone out and I waited.”

Soon, smoke began billowing out from the cathedral.

“To me. I felt like crying,” he said. “This is my most favorite church probably in the world. To me, as a kid, I climbed the towers when I was 12 years old.”

He could not help but think about the countless craftsmen who devoted their entire lives to constructing the church, even those who helped renovate it. He’d often go to Mass, or just to listen to the cathedral’s organs.

“It’s a huge piece of history of Europe,” he said. “Gone.”

He took this photo of the early flames. That spire, and much of the roof on which it sat, would later fall:

3 hr 16 min ago

A growing crowd of mourners are singing hymns and praying outside Notre Dam

From CNN’s Saskya Vandoorne

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It’s past 11 p.m. in Paris, but the crowds of Notre Dame mourners haven’t gone anywhere — many are still gathered outside the cathedral, praying and singing hymns.

Some are on their knees; at one point, a group broke out in a haunting rendition of the “Ave Maria.”

They have been singing for almost two hours now, and the hymns are getting louder as more people join in.

Watch the scene here:

3 hr 21 min ago

NOW: French official says “both towers of the cathedral are safe” and the fire is cooling

From CNN’s Antoine Crouin

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Both towers of the Notre Dame Cathedral “are safe,” said Laurent Nunez, secretary to the interior minister, hours after a massive fire toppled its spire, burned most of its roof and threatened the centuries-old art and architecture inside.

“The fire is now weaker. We are now in a time of cooling but both towers of the cathedral are safe. We’re still working to save the cathedral’s work of arts,” Nunez told reporters at the scene.

One firefighter has been seriously injured, said Paris Fire Brigade commander general Jean-Claude Gallet. Gallet said that two-thirds of the roof has been destroyed.

3 hr 21 min ago

Here’s why Notre Dame Cathedral is so important to Catholics worldwide

From CNN’s Daniel Burke

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This week is Holy Week, when millions of Western Christians mark the death and resurrection of Jesus. Under normal circumstances, Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris would have been preparing to display its holy relics to the faithful on Good Friday.

But as fire engulfed the sacred site on Monday, Catholics across the world reacted in horror and disbelief, particularly when the cathedral’s iconic spire toppled amid the flames.

For generations, Notre Dame has been a place of pilgrimage and prayer, and, even as religion in France has declined for decades, it remained the beating heart of French Catholicism, open every day for Mass.

About the cathedral: Notre Dame is not a parish church, meaning that it does not have a regular body of worshippers who “belong” to the church. But it is still the home church of Paris Archbishop Michel Aupetit, and draws Catholics for vespers (evening prayers), Masses and the Sacrament of Reconciliation, also known as Penance.

And every year during Holy Week, Notre Dame unveils some of the most coveted relics in Christendom. Among them is the Holy Crown, believed by many to be from the crown of thorns placed on the head of Jesus. Catholics have prayed with the Holy Crown for more than 16 centuries, according to the cathedral.

Notre Dame counts among its treasures two other relics connected to Holy Week: a fragment of the Wood of the Cross, believed by many to be a part of the “true cross” on which Jesus was crucified; and one of the nails that the Romans used to crucify Jesus.

Keep reading.

3 hr 20 min ago

Obama: We mourn when history is lost — but we also rebuild

Former US President Barack Obama just tweeted about the destructive fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.

“Notre Dame is one of the world’s great treasures, and we’re thinking of the people of France in your time of grief. It’s in our nature to mourn when we see history lost — but it’s also in our nature to rebuild for tomorrow, as strong as we can,” he said.

Notre Dame is one of the world’s great treasures, and we’re thinking of the people of France in your time of grief. It’s in our nature to mourn when we see history lost – but it’s also in our nature to rebuild for tomorrow, as strong as we can. pic.twitter.com/SpMEvv1BzB

— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) April 15, 2019

4 hr 22 min ago

UN chief: “Horrified by the pictures coming from Paris”

UN Secretary-General António Guterres said he is “horrified” to see the images coming out of Paris.

“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,” Guterres said in a tweet. “My thoughts are with the people and government of France.”

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. https://t.co/KnLegnlRFH

— António Guterres (@antonioguterres) April 15, 2019

3 hr 20 min ago

Next hour and a half will be crucial to saving Notre Dame, firefighter says

From CNN’s Martin Goillandeau

GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELT/AFP/Getty Images

The next hour and a half will be crucial to efforts to save what remains of the Notre Dame Cathedral, said Jean-Claude Gallet, commander general of the Paris Fire Brigade.

“There’s a risk that the great bells fall. If the bells fall, it’s the tower that collapses. There are firefighters inside and outside. The next hour and a half will be crucial,” he told reporters on the scene.

“We need to win this battle and block the spreading of the flames. The most efficient action is from the inside. We are not sure if we will be able to stop the spreading of the flames to the North Tower,” he said.

He said the initial call to emergency services notified authorities of a fire in the attic of the cathedral, although the cause of the blaze is unknown.

“We are evacuating the most precious artwork that is being sheltered,” Gallet said.

4 hr 40 min ago

What we know about Notre Dame and the fire that downed its iconic spire

From CNN’s Eric Levenson and Melissa Bell

The spire atop the iconic Notre Dame cathedral in Paris collapsed Monday evening during a massive blaze.

The flaming spire, which was surrounded by scaffolding, leaned to one side and then collapsed onto the burning roof. The fire rapidly spread and took over the iconic cathedral.

The collapse drew gasps from a crowd watching nearby. They were joined by somber people who had come to recognize the landmark as a symbol of Paris.

Here’s what we know about Notre Dame:

  • The cathedral: Notre Dame’s foundation stone was laid in 1163 by Pope Alexander III, and the cathedral was completed in the 13th century. Today, with its towers, spire, flying buttresses and stained glass, Notre Dame is considered a feat of architecture, as well as a major religious and cultural symbol of France.
  • The central spire: It was built in the 19th centuryamid a broad restoration effort, partly buoyed by the success of Victor Hugo’s novel “The Hunchback of Notre-Dame” in 1831.
  • The cathedral draws millions of visitors: Located in Île de la Cité, a small island in the middle of the city, the cathedral is one of Paris’ most popular attractions, drawing an estimated 13 million visitors a year.

4 hr 50 min ago

The Vatican expresses “shock and sadness”

From CNN’s Livia Borghese

The Vatican has released the following statement in response to the Notre Dame fire:

“The Holy See has learned with shock and sadness the news of the terrible fire that has devastated the Cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris, symbol of Christianity, in France and in the world. We express our closeness to the French Catholic and to the people of Paris. We pray for the fire fighters and for all those who are doing everything possible to face this dramatic situation.”

3 hr 20 min ago

Theresa May: “My thoughts are with the people of France”

UK Prime Minister Theresa May just tweeted about the fire at the Notre Dame Cathedral:

My thoughts are with the people of France tonight and with the emergency services who are fighting the terrible blaze at Notre-Dame cathedral.

— Theresa May (@theresa_may) April 15, 2019

4 hr 55 min ago

French government agency responds to Trump’s suggestion of using “flying water tankers”: That could collapse the “entire structure”

From CNN’s Martin Goillandeau

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The French civil security agency, Sécurité Civile, has responded to US President Donald Trump’s suggestion that “flying water tankers” should be used to fight the Notre Dame fire.

The agency tweeted, “The drop of water by air on this type of building could indeed result in the collapse of the entire structure.”

“The weight of the water and the intensity of the drop at low altitude could indeed weaken the structure of Notre-Dame and result in collateral damage to the buildings in the vicinity,” it said.

The civil security agency is part of the Interior Ministry.

Earlier today, Trump had said on Twitter, “Perhaps flying water tankers could be used to put it out. Must act quickly!”

5 hr 11 min ago

US bishops conference: Notre Dame is “a world treasure”

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Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, the president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, shared his shock and sadness, calling the cathedral “a world treasure.”

In a statement to the people of Paris, DiNardo said the cathedral has “long been a symbol of the transcendent human spirit as well as our longing for God.”

Read his full statement:

“The horrific fire that is engulfing the Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris is shocking and saddens us all, for this particular cathedral is not only a majestic Church, it is also a world treasure. Noble in architecture and art, it has long been a symbol of the transcendent human spirit as well as our longing for God. Our hearts go out to the Archbishop and the people of Paris, and we pray for all the people of France, entrusting all to the prayers and intercession of the Mother of God, especially the firefighters battling the fire. We are a people of hope and of the resurrection, and as devastating as this fire is, I know that the faith and love embodied by this magnificent Cathedral will grow stronger in the hearts of all Christians.”

4 hr 56 min ago

The crowd outside Notre Dame is singing hymns as the cathedral burns

From CNN’s Saskya Vandoorne

As evening falls in Paris, crowds are still gathered near Notre Dame as the historic cathedral burns.

A witness earlier in the day had described an eerie silence; now, the crowd has begun to sing hymns together, many on their knees.

Watch it here:

 

5 hr 27 min ago

A Paris without its Notre Dame? “Madness,” eyewitness says

Thibaud Binétruy, who lives in Paris, just told CNN of what it was like when the spire fell:

“I was walking home with a colleague. We were walking (on) Rue des Carmes. And we saw the smoke. I couldn’t stop staring at it, so I took some pics. When the spire fell, the crowd reacted with ‘ohhh’ and ‘ahh,’ but I guess most of them were just shocked, silently. It’s awful to see such a symbol disappearing in front of you. It’s been there for so many years and in a few minutes half of it disappears… crazy. Paris without Notre Dame…madness.”

5 hr 9 min ago

400 firefighters mobilized for Notre Dame blaze 

The French Interior Ministry said 400 firefighters have been mobilized to deal with the Notre Dame blaze. The cathedral’s iconic spire collapsed earlier this evening. The central spire was built in the 19th century amid a broad restoration effort, partly buoyed by the success of Victor Hugo’s novel “The Hunchback of Notre-Dame” in 1831.

Pompiers de Paris/Twitter

 

5 hr 30 min ago

President Trump on the “terrible, terrible fire”

From CNN’s Sarah Westwood

US President Donald Trump said Notre Dame’s famous cathedral was struck by a “terrible, terrible fire.”

“When we left the plane, it was burning at a level that you rarely see a fire burn,” he said, referring to his trip from Washington to Minnesota for a tax-day roundtable with business leaders.

The President lamented the damage to the historic cathedral.

“That’s beyond countries, that’s beyond anything,” he said. “It’s a part of our culture.”

He said the fire would put “a damper” on the tax roundtable he was about to begin.

Listen to President Trump here:

 

3 hr 20 min ago

“Paris without the cathedral is not Paris anymore,” witness says

From CNN’s Hadas Gold and David Williams

Patryk Bukalski was at a café near the Notre Dame Cathedral when he started smelling smoke.

“A bartender said the Notre Dame is on fire, so I left and saw this horrible picture,” he told CNN over Instagram, where he posted a video of the burning cathedral.

He said people are standing outside, just watching and crying. “It’s horrible. It’s a symbol of Paris,” Bukalski said. “It’s just sad. I don’t know what more to say.”

At the scene: It is eerily quiet. Hundreds of people are lining the Seine watching the fire, but they are silent. Police have pushed people back, even telling residents they can’t go to their homes.

“In Paris, it’s a monumental symbol — every person with different religions are really moved and saddened,” said another witness named Anne Marie, speaking with tears in her eyes.

“Paris without the cathedral is not Paris anymore,” she said.

See the crowds here:

People are lining streets – watching in horror pic.twitter.com/5LgmzEsMmR

— Hadas Gold (@Hadas_Gold) April 15, 2019

 

3 hr 20 min ago

Macron has arrived at Notre Dame

From CNN’s Martin Goillandeau and Saskya Vandoorne

French President Emmanuel Macron has arrived at the historic Notre Dame Cathedral, where a fire rages on.

He was accompanied by Mayor Anne Hidalgo, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe and first lady Brigitte Macron, as well as the Paris prosecutor.

3 hr 20 min ago

Embers and ash are falling from the Paris sky

Witness Elaine Leavenworth said ash and embers were falling from the sky as a fire tore through the iconic Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.

Leavenworth said she felt droplets of water as firefighters worked to douse the flames.

She shared this photo of a tiny piece of debris in the palm of a hand:

Embers and ashes falling on us from ⁦@NotreDame⁩ and now feeling water drops from the fire hoses #NotreDame #Parispic.twitter.com/9fBJrb1Uwv

— Elaine Leavenworth (@ELeavenworth) April 15, 2019

 

6 hr 6 min ago

Paris prosecutor opens investigation into Notre Dame fire

From CNN’s Saskya Vandoorne

The Paris prosecutor has opened an investigation into the Notre Dame fire, a spokesman tells CNN.

The fire broke out Monday evening at the iconic cathedral in the heart of Paris.

 

6 hr 5 min ago

London mayor: City “stands in sorrow” with Paris

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London Mayor Sadiq Khan said the city “stands in sorrow” with Paris.

“Heartbreaking scenes of Notre Dame cathedral in flames. London stands in sorrow with Paris today, and in friendship always,” Khan wrote on Twitter.

 

6 hr 15 min ago

As the spire fell, onlookers in the crowd let out gasps and groans

As the spire of the Notre Dame cathedral collapsed, there were horrified gasps from the watching crowd. Sirens blare in the background, as emergency personnel work to put out the flames.

Watch it here:

#notredame #paris #incendie #désastre pic.twitter.com/jpNosqFGGp

— Kinsley Laurence (@KinsleyLaurence) April 15, 2019

 

6 hr 17 min ago

Mike Pence on Notre Dame fire: “It is heartbreaking to see a house of God in flames”

US Vice President Mike Pence just tweeted about the ongoing Notre Dame fire.

“Notre Dame is an iconic symbol of faith to people all over the world – and it is heartbreaking to see a house of God in flames,” he tweeted. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the firefighters on the scene and all the people of Paris.”

See the tweet here:

Notre Dame is an iconic symbol of faith to people all over the world – and it is heartbreaking to see a house of God in flames. Our thoughts and prayers are with the firefighters on the scene and all the people of Paris. https://t.co/5Pecbf02em

— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) April 15, 2019

 

6 hr 25 min ago

Witness: “It’s tremendously sad to see this happening to such an iconic monument”

Bystander Cameron Mitchell just told CNN:

“My roommate told me to come see it. I’m not sure when it started. I’m really not sure what to think. It’s tremendously sad to see this happening to such an iconic monument. The fire has been slowly spreading across the roof. I’m really not sure what to make of this yet.”

 

6 hr 4 min ago

Melania Trump: “My heart breaks for the people of Paris”

First lady Melania Trump took to Twitter to offer her prayers for “everyone’s safety” as a fire continues to rage at Notre Dame cathedral in Paris.

“My heart breaks for the people of Paris after seeing the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral,” she said.

Read her tweet:

My heart breaks for the people of Paris after seeing the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral. Praying for everyone’s safety.

— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) April 15, 2019

 

5 hr 52 min ago

French President Emmanuel Macron: “Emotion for a whole nation” as Notre Dame burns

Michel Euler/AFP/Getty Images

French President Emmanuel Macron just tweeted about the Notre Dame fire, saying that he was “sad tonight to see this part of us burn.”

“Notre Dame of Paris in flames. Emotion for a whole nation. Thoughts for all Catholics and for all French. Like all our countrymen, I’m sad tonight to see this part of us burn,” he said.

See his tweet:

Notre-Dame de Paris en proie aux flammes. Émotion de toute une nation. Pensée pour tous les catholiques et pour tous les Français. Comme tous nos compatriotes, je suis triste ce soir de voir brûler cette part de nous.

— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) April 15, 2019

 

6 hr 23 min ago

French interior minister: Exceptional measures are being taken to save Notre Dame

From CNN’s Hilary McGann and Martin Goillandeau

Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said exceptional measures are being taken to try to save the cathedral.

“Support and solidarity with @PompiersParis (fire brigade) mobilized to save our common heritage, in the heart of Paris. An exceptional force was deployed by the @prefpolice (Paris police) to neutralize this violent fire. I share the immense emotion of the Parisians,” Castaner tweeted.

Former French President François Hollande ‏said on Twitter, “Notre Dame is our common heritage. It’s a wound to see it devastated by flames. Respects to the firemen trying to extinguish the fire.”

6 hr 13 min ago

What we know about the fire at Notre Dame cathedral so far

A fire broke out at the iconic Notre Dame cathedral in the heart of Paris on Monday evening.

Here’s what we know about the blaze:

  • The spire was destroyed: Large parts of the roof already appear to have been burned, CNN’s Melissa Bell, who is in Paris, reported. The spire collapsed during the fire.
  • Firefighters tackled large flames: At least seven firetrucks were trying to tackle the flames, she said. The smell of smoke was emanating through the air and embers were falling from the sky.
  • Cause unknown: The cause of the fire is still unclear.
  • Police kept people away: Police urged everyone to avoid the area and emergency services pushed people away from the scene.

Click here to read this story in a standard article format.

 

6 hr 41 min ago

NOW: Notre Dame’s famous spire has fallen

The spire of the Notre Dame’s cathedral has collapsed, fully engulfed by flames.

Here’s the moment that happened, from Twitter user Hash Miser:

 

6 hr 51 min ago

French President Emmanuel Macron postpones planned speech because of fire

From CNN’s Saskya Vandoorne

French President Emmanuel Macron postponed a planned speech tonight because of the ongoing fire at Notre Dame cathedral, a Élysée Palace spokesperson said.

In a statement, the spokesperson said, “Due to the terrible fire ravaging Notre-Dame-de-Paris, the President of the Republic has decided to postpone his speech.”

 

6 hr 56 min ago

The entire spire of Notre Dame’s historic cathedral appears to be on fire

A video we’ve just received from Twitter user Hash Miser appears to show Notre Dame cathedral’s entire spire in flames.

See it:

 

5 hr 17 min ago

Trump suggests Paris firefighters need “flying water tankers” to fight blaze at Notre Dame

President Trump just tweeted about the fire at the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris and suggested “flying water tankers” could help put it out.

“Must act quickly!” Trump tweeted.

Read his tweet:

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!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 15, 2019

See President Trump’s comment on the fire:

 

6 hr 20 min ago

Video shows flames and smoke billowing from Notre Dame cathedral

Maria Kadzhaeva shot this video of the fire at Notre Dame cathedral.

It showed flames and a tower of smoke billowing from the upper reaches of the cathedral in Paris.

Click play to see it:

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Нотр-Дам горит… #notredame 😳🤯😣

A post shared by Maria Kadzhaeva (@mtk1993) on Apr 15, 2019 at 10:15am PDT

6 hr 20 min ago

Video taken from the Seine shows the fire

Boat passengers on the river Seine are sharing videos of smoke billowing from the historic Notre Dame cathedral.

Police are asking people to avoid the area and clear the way for emergency personnel.

See it:

 

6 hr 21 min ago

Firefighters are trying to control “terrible” Notre Dame fire, Paris mayor says

From CNN’s Martin Goillandeau in London

The fire department is trying to control a “terrible fire” that’s broke out at Notre Dame cathedral, Mayor Anne Hidalgo said.

Hidalgo tweeted: 

“A terrible fire is underway at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. The fire brigade are trying to control the fire. We are mobilized locally in close connection with church authorities. I ask everyone to respect the security perimeter.”

Anne Hidalgo/Twitter

6 hr 10 min ago

The cathedral was built in the 13th century and draws 13 million visitors a year

From CNN’s Saskya Vandoorne

The medieval cathedral was completed in the 13th century and today, with its towers, spire, flying buttresses and stained glass, is considered a feat of architecture as much as a religious symbol.

It is one of Paris’ most popular attractions, drawing an estimated 13 million visitors a year.

Today, it is in flames.

7 hr 24 min ago

Twitter photos show smoke billowing from Notre Dame’s cathedral

Twitter users are sharing various angles of the fire at Notre Dame.

Notre-Dame is on fire #paris #NotreDame 😳😢😢 pic.twitter.com/wu5k2Xw8VG

— Aleks Maksimovic 🐊 🇦🇺🇷🇸 (@amaxi) April 15, 2019

Fire at #NotreDame pic.twitter.com/OuXiQubYhC

— Contrust VersMakler (@Contrust_com) April 15, 2019

Is Notre Dame on fire??? pic.twitter.com/tWhkQ6ukEK

— Taylor Redd (@TRedd) April 15, 2019

7 hr 7 min ago

There is a fire at the historic Notre Dame cathedral in Paris

From CNN’s Saskya Vandoorne

Police in Paris say the Notre Dame cathedral is on fire.

In a tweet, police said: “Notre Dame Fire in progress. Avoid the area and facilitate the passage of emergency vehicles and intervention of the @prefpolice.”

By Brian Ries, Jessie Yeung, Veronica Rocha, Gianluca Mezzofiore, Paul P. Murphy and Euan McKirdy, CNN

Updated 5 min ago8:41 p.m. ET, April 15, 2019

Sources from: CNN

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18 thoughts on “SVE NEWS & CNN Sharing Series – Fire at Notre Dame Cathedral”

  1. Water says:

    It’s a pity that this is the symbol of human wisdom and civilization.

  2. Socsio says:

    I’m feeling so sad and regretful to hear this news as Notre-Dame Cathedral is such a treasure of human civilization! I’ve always wanted to travel there but haven’t realized yet, hope it could be rebuilt as soon as possible!

  3. Jan says:

    This is a huge loss because it is the inheritance of human civilization. My friend and I planned to visit Notre Dame next month, but it was too late. That’s too regretful.

  4. Jenny says:

    It is so sad to hear about the bad news. The fire means the disappearance of a great architecture and a catastrophe of human civilization.

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    What a pity !

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