Paris :A massive fire engulfed France’s iconic Notre-Dame cathedral on Monday gutting the roof of the world’s most stunning cathedral. Firefighters fighting the massive fire managed to bring down the damages by saving the shell of the stone structure and its two main bell towers from collapse.
Flames that began in the early evening burst rapidly through the roof of the eight centuries-old cathedral and engulfed the spire, which toppled, quickly followed by the entire roof.
As it burned into the evening, firefighters battled to prevent one of the main bell towers from collapsing and tried to rescue religious relics and priceless artwork. One firefighter was seriously injured – the only reported casualty.
“The worst has been avoided, even if the battle has not been totally won yet,” French president Emmanuel macron reporters at the scene shortly before midnight, as firefighters worked to further cool some of the interior structures still at risk collapse.
Mr. Macron said France would launch a campaign to rebuild the cathedral, including through fundraising efforts and by appealing to “talents” from overseas to contribute.
Distraught citizens and stunned tourists gazed in disbelief as the inferno raged at the cathedral, which sits on the Ile de la Cite an island in the river Seine and marks the very centre of Paris.