https://www.huffpost.com/entry/notre-da ... efe3b4b72eAuthorities are responding to a massive fire at Paris’ Notre Dame cathedral, where video posted to social media shows the historic monument appearing nearly engulfed in smoke and flames.
Firefighters responded to the scene around 7 p.m. local time on Monday, Le Monde reported.
The gravity of the fire is still to be determined, but firefighters told the local news outlet that the blaze was in the cathedral’s attic.
One video appears to show the monument’s towering spire collapse as onlookers gasp from down below.
The fire is “potentially linked” to renovation work in the building, firefighters told Agence France-Presse.
Paris’ Mayor Anne Hidalgo shared photos of the fire on Twitter and urged the public to keep a safe distance. France’s President Emmanuel Macron postponed a major speech Monday evening due to the incident, according to AFP.
The medieval Catholic cathedral, famous for its French Gothic architecture, is more than 856 years old with construction having begun in 1163, according to its website.
The monument, which does not charge admission, sees approximately 13 million visitors per year. Financial efforts to restore and preserve the church have been underway for some time amid concerns that it is eroding and crumbling.
Such restoration efforts led to last week’s removal of several copper statues representing the 12 apostles and four evangelists from the church’s spire. The statues were being sent to southwest France as part of a $6.8 million renovation project, The Associated Press reported.
But never fear our expert in fighting fire, President Trump, is giving advice on how to put out the blaze.
https://www.rawstory.com/2019/04/backse ... ame-blaze/President Donald Trump on Monday offered unsolicited advice for putting out the massive fire at Paris’s iconic Notre Dame cathedral — and he subsequently got buried in mockery.
Reacting to live video of the fire, Trump advised Parisian fire fighters that “perhaps flying water tankers could be used to put it out” and he exhorted them to work faster to get the situation under control.
“Must act quickly!” the president wrote.