Earlier today the world watched in horror as the ancient medieval cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris caught fire. The blaze spread quickly as it engulfed the roof of the cathedral.
— Luke Baker (@BakerLuke) April 15, 2019
The fire at Notre Dame looks horrific pic.twitter.com/buYTwh2vDn
— Alan White (@aljwhite) April 15, 2019
— Patrick Galey (@patrickgaley) April 15, 2019
— Solveig Godeluck (@Solwii) April 15, 2019
Hundreds of Parisians had gathered outside of Notre Dame to pray for the beloved historical landmark.
People in Paris are singing in the streets near the Notre-Dame Cathedral as firefighters continue to try to put out the fire pic.twitter.com/07133ste73
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President Trump even chimed in on Twitter urging Paris fire officials to act as swiftly as possible to save Notre Dame.
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
It seems that Parisian’s prayers have been answered, as Paris fire officials are announcing that they have managed to save one of the most famous Christian landmarks in the world.
The bell towers of Notre Dame are safe and the fire is weakening, a French official says. He added that two-thirds of the roof are destroyed and one firefighter is seriously injured. https://t.co/m0gaBoaEke pic.twitter.com/p1KhiV7abB
— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) April 15, 2019
It is unknown at this time what started the massive blaze that broke out around 6:50 PM local time. Notre Dame has been undergoing restoration work, and authorities believe the blaze may have been the result of an accident. The cathedral is still burning, however, and authorities have not yet been able to enter the cathedral to investigate.
Worth noting is the fact that Paris has recently been seeing a surge of vandalism and attacks against churches. Obviously it’s too early to say whether the fire was accidental or whether it was arson, but one can only hope that French authorities will follow the trail wherever it leads.
Cross posted at Trigger Warning Radio.