PARIS – On Monday evening, the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris has seen a large part of the fire that caused some of the historic church tower to collapse when the blaze spreads along the roof
André Finot, spokesman for the cathedral, said in a telephone interview that the cause of the fire remained unknown, and There were no direct signs of injury.
"Non-Faith – Notre-Dame is a French symbol," said Emmanuel Guary, a 31-year-old actor who was one of the great crowd beaten on Rue Rivoli on the right bank.
Fire alarm for the first time at about 6:30 am, said Mr.. Finot, adding that the cathedral was evacuated. The prosecutor's office in Paris said it had started an investigation.
As the last hurry of tourists tried to get into that day, the doors of Notre-Dame were suddenly closed without explanation, witnesses said.
small white smoke from the tower. After the expansion, the smoke began to turn gray, then black, explaining that the fire in the cathedral, which is currently being built, ignited. Soon, the orange flames began to spin out of the tower, with a rapid increase in intensity
The French police rushed and began to shoot the whistles, saying to everyone that they would return, witnesses said. Until then, the flames emerged, escaping from several parts of the department. Tourists and residents stopped by pulling their phones to call their loved ones. Older Paris started shouting, regretting how quickly they lost their national treasure.
Thousands stood by the banks of the River Seine and watched the fire penetrate through the wooden roof of the cathedral and sink a part of the tower. The video filmed and shown in social media shows smoke and flame from the top of the cathedral
. such a cathedral, and it was often difficult to climb over the wind when reaching the peak.
"These cathedrals and worship houses are built to burn," he said. "If they weren't a worship house, they would be doomed."
The Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, told Twitter that the "terrible fire" rose to the cathedral.
"Paris firefighters are currently trying to stop the flame," said Mrs Hidalgo. "I am asking everyone to respect the limits of security."
Firefighters were on the scene, said Mr.. Finot, which was about 70 feet from the cathedral.
The Paris police warned people to stay away from the neighborhood cathedral, which is one of the city's most famous attractions, visiting around 13 million visitors a year
Built in the 13th and 13th centuries. The Department is currently being widely updated. Several statues were lifted from the tower crane last week.
"It hurts. The cathedral is a symbol of the heart of Paris, ”said Pierre-Eric Trimovill. 32. The crowds smiled and shouted terribly because the peak fell, said Trimovill, saying, "Paris is bent.
Angelique de Almeida, 32, watched the fire through tears. "We'll lose her, everything is flaming," she said. “We lose it, we lose Paris. It's apocalyptic. And this is the Holy Week.
Glenn Corbett, Associate Professor of Fire at New York's John Jay College, said that construction work and renovation have long been a dangerous combination.
"There are church history and synagogues and other worship houses that have suffered from construction fires," he said.
One of the reasons for the danger, Mr Corbett, was the proximity of open flames, sparks of welders and other hazards associated with scaffolding to other flammable materials. Like the Notre-Dame wooden roof, these materials are often large and hard to reach, such as Water from Gut.
p. Corbett mentioned what he called the "catastrophic" fire and the Central Synagogue in Fifth Avenue (New York) in 1998, which began with working with an air conditioning system.
French President Emmanuel Macron has canceled a major speech scheduled for Monday evening, in which he had to announce measures related to the yellow vest protest movement, which has been rolling the country in recent months
. Macron Twitter said, "Like all our citizens, I am sad today to see this part of us."