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Cathedral of Notre Dame is on Fire

Discussion in 'Crimes' started by fran, Apr 15, 2019.

  1. fran

    fran Administrator Staff Member

    Notre-Dame cathedral: Firefighters tackle blaze in Paris

    A fire has broken out at the famous Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris.

    The cause of the blaze was not immediately clear, but officials say that it could be linked to renovation work.

    Images on social media show plumes of smoke billowing into the air above the 850-year-old Gothic building.

    Last year, the Catholic Church in France launched an urgent appeal for funds to save the cathedral, which was starting to crumble.

    A major operation is under way to tackle the blaze, which broke out on Monday afternoon. An area surrounding the building in central Paris has been cleared, officials said.

    The mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, described it as a "terrible fire" and urged people at the scene to respect the boundaries set up by fire crews in order to ensure that they remain safe.


    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-47941794
     
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  2. fran

    fran Administrator Staff Member

    At this time, it's been on fire for more than two hours, possibly three by now.

    The back portion of the cathedral is collapsing.

    There was renovation being done.

    Believe it may have started in attic.

    Sorry no link
    fran
     
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  3. fran

    fran Administrator Staff Member

    Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral is on fire

    • A major fire broke out at the medieval Notre-Dame Cathedral in central Paris on Monday afternoon, leading firefighters to clear the area around one of the city’s most visited landmarks.
    • It was not immediately clear what had caused the fire. France 2 television reported that police were treating the incident as an accident.
    • Notre-Dame was in the midst of renovations, with some sections under scaffolding, while bronze statues were removed last week for works.
    A major fire broke out at the medieval Notre-Dame Cathedral in central Paris on Monday afternoon, leading firefighters to clear the area around one of the city’s most visited landmarks.


    Smoke could be seen billowing out from the top of the medieval cathedral, as flames leaped out besides its two bell towers, said a witness, according to Reuters.

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    Smokes ascends as flames rise during a fire at the landmark Notre-Dame Cathedral in central Paris on April 15, 2019 afternoon,
    potentially involving renovation works being carried out at the site, the fire service said.



    It was not immediately clear what had caused the fire. France 2 television reported that police were treating the incident as an accident.

    The cathedral, which dates back to the 12th century and is famous for featuring in Victor Hugo’s classic novel the Hunchback of Notre-Dame, attracts millions of tourists every year.

    A major operation was under way, the fire department said, while a city hall spokesman said on Twitter that the area was being cleared.


    President Donald Trump, meanwhile, addressed the fire in a tweet early Monday afternoon.

    Notre-Dame was in the midst of renovations, with some sections under scaffolding, while bronze statues were removed last week for works.

    In a tweet the mayor of Paris confirmed the fire and called for called for people to remain away from the scene

    https://www.cnbc.com/2019/04/15/paris-notre-dame-cathedral-on-fire-reuters.html
     
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  4. fran

    fran Administrator Staff Member

    'Terrible' fire engulfs 850-year-old Notre Dame cathedral in Paris as flames erupt from the roof and massive plume of smoke sweeps across the city
    • Officials in Paris said a large operation had been launched in an attempt to bring the raging fire under control
    • Pictures from around the city posted on social media showed flames licking up Notre Dame's famous spire
    • The fire was first reported at 5.50pm (GMT) on Monday and the building was evacuated soon afterwards
    Firefighters are battling a massive blaze which broke out at the world-famous Notre Dame cathedral in Paris this evening.

    Pictures posted on social media showed enormous plumes of smoke billowing into the city's skyline and flames engulfing large sections of the historic building.

    According to French newspaper Le Monde, the fire broke out in the attic of the monument before spreading across the roof.

    A spokesperson for the cathedral said the blaze was first reported at 5.50pm (GMT) and the building was evacuated soon after.

    Officials in Paris said the fire could be linked to restoration works as the peak of the church is currently undergoing a 6 million-euro ($6.8 million) renovation project.

    Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo says firefighters are trying to contain a 'terrible fire' at the city's Notre Cathedral.

    Hidalgo urged residents of the French capital to stay away from the security perimeter around the Gothic-style church. The mayor says city officials are in touch with Roman Catholic diocese in Paris.

    The cathedral is one the finest example of French Gothic architecture in Europe, and one of the most visited buildings in the world.

    Notre Dame - which means 'Our Lady' - was build in 1160 and completed by 1260, and has been modified on a number of occasions throughout the century.

    It is the cathedral of the Archdiocese of Paris, and is visited by some 12million people every year.

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    The fire spread rapidly across the roof-line of the cathedral leaving one of the spires and another section of the roof engulfed in flames


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    Officials say the blaze could be linked to renovation works as the spire has been undergoing a $6.8million renovation this year


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    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/ar...eaks-historic-Notre-Dame-cathedral-Paris.html
     
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  5. fran

    fran Administrator Staff Member

    It had burned for all that time and they're just now putting water on it.

    The roof has already collapsed. The steeple collapsed a long time ago.

    Reporters are saying it's most likely going to be a total loss.

    Three hundred years to build, up in smoke in a few hours!

    OMG!

    There's people on the streets of Paris crying. :tears:

    Very sad day for France.

    :(
    fran


    PS .......... A spokesman said the entire interior is burning. Nothing will be left of the wooden frame.
     
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  6. fran

    fran Administrator Staff Member

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    fran Administrator Staff Member

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  8. fran

    fran Administrator Staff Member

    Live updates: Flames cause 'colossal damages' to Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, officials say

    A fire has broken out at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, one of the city's most iconic sights.

    The fire began at 6:50 p.m. local time Monday, the Paris fire department said, and continued to burn more than two hours later. A spokesperson for the cathedral described the damage to French media as "colossal."


    "Everything is burning, nothing will remain from the frame," the spokesperson said.


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    First responders are currently trying to salvage priceless art stored inside the cathedral, said Paris Deputy Mayor Emmanuel Gregoire.


    Images on social media show smoke and flames shooting from the top of Notre Dame as massive plumes of smoke billow into the sky above.

    One video shows a spire toppling over as a result of the flames.


    The fire may be connected to the recent restoration of the church, officials said. Last week, the statues of the apostles were removed for restoration, The Associated Press reported.

    The roof has completely collapsed, witness John Dickas, an American professor living in Paris, told ABC News.

    Large crowds have begun to gather around the scene. Some members of began to sing at the sight of the burning cathedral.


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    The cathedral was built around 1260 AD and towered over the city of Paris for centuries. Much of the facade and interior are true to their original designs.


    Monday is the start of Holy Week, the busiest and most important period of the liturgical year. Easter is on Sunday.

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    American Kelly Weymouth, who is currently studying abroad in Paris, said she was taking a sunset cruise on the Seine river with her mother when the fire broke out.

    At one point, the traffic on the river was stopped, and Weymouth and about 40 fellow passengers from all over the world watched in horror for about 45 minutes as the fire destroyed the cathedral, she said.

    The Frenchmen who were on the boat began to sob and embrace each other, Weymouth said, describing the moment as "very intense."


    videos at link .......... https://abcnews.go.com/International/fire-breaks-paris-notre-dame-cathedral/story?id=62411000
     
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  9. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Those pictures are heartbreaking! :tears:
     
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  10. Whatsnext

    Whatsnext Well-Known Member

    One of the most beautiful and precious buildings in the world, gone . This is a tragedy:sadness:
     
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  11. Skitt

    Skitt Bronze Member

    I am not even Catholic, but this is breaking my hart. Such a historic beautiful structure lost :(
     
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  12. Cousin Dupree

    Cousin Dupree Platinum Member

    It is the high point of medieval architecture. Arguably the most beautiful building from the medieval era. Not just a religious treasure, but a world treasure. :sigh:

    I wonder if they'll rebuild it with a more modern theme.
     
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  13. alethea

    alethea Active Member

    I can't believe it, I have been in tears all afternoon. There are priceless relics and stained glass windows and other art that can never be replaced. How could a "renovation" fire get so out of control? I don't believe it, something else had to happen.
     
  14. alethea

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  15. Paradise

    Paradise Media Mod

    Thanks such much @fran for , yet again, providing us with outstanding coverage:hug:
     
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  16. fran

    fran Administrator Staff Member

    Shock, prayers around the world for Notre Dame Cathedral

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    People pray as Notre Dame cathedral burns in Paris, Monday, April 15, 2019. Massive plumes of yellow brown smoke is filling the air above
    Notre Dame Cathedral and ash is falling on tourists and others around the island that marks the center of Paris.



    The world reacted with shock, horror and prayers to the massive fire at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.

    As the flames tore through the 12th-century cathedral, Spain's prime minister offered France the help of his country in the recovery.

    The fire is a "catastrophe for France, for Spain and for Europe," Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez tweeted, adding that the flames are destroying "850 years of history, architecture, painting and sculpture."

    U.S. President Donald Trump said the cathedral "might be greater than almost any museum in the world and it's burning, very badly." He said the fire, which dominated news coverage, was a terrible sight to behold.

    Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the archbishop of New York, said he prayed at his city's St. Patrick's Cathedral for intercession.

    https://thebrunswicknews.com/ap/national/shock-prayers-around-the-world-for-notre-dame-cathedral/article_988de3eb-0a53-5c46-a6af-7063eb31fc4f.html
     
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  17. Skitt

    Skitt Bronze Member

    Agree. thank you very much, fran
     
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  18. fran

    fran Administrator Staff Member

    Massive fire engulfs beloved Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris
    By LORI HINNANT and SAMUEL PETREQUIN5 minutes ago


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    Flames and smoke rise from Notre Dame cathedral as it burns in Paris, Monday, April 15, 2019. Massive plumes of yellow brown smoke is filling the air above Notre Dame Cathedral and ash is falling on tourists and others around the island that marks the center of Paris. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)



    PARIS (AP) — A catastrophic fire engulfed the upper reaches of Paris’ soaring Notre Dame Cathedral as it was undergoing renovations Monday, threatening one of the greatest architectural treasures of the Western world as tourists and Parisians looked on aghast from the streets below.

    The blaze collapsed the cathedral’s spire and spread to one of its landmark rectangular towers, but Paris fire chief Jean-Claude Gallet said the church’s structure had been saved after firefighters managed to stop the fire spreading to the northern belfry. The 12th-century cathedral is home to incalculable works of art and is one of the world’s most famous tourist attractions, immortalized by Victor Hugo’s 1831 novel “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.”

    The exact cause of the blaze was not known, but French media quoted the Paris fire brigade as saying the fire is “potentially linked” to a 6 million-euro ($6.8 million) renovation project on the church’s spire and its 250 tons of lead. The Paris prosecutors’ office ruled out arson and possible terror-related motives, and said it was treating it as an accident.

    Flames shot out of the roof behind the nave of the cathedral, among the most visited landmarks in the world. Hundreds of people lined up bridges around the island that houses the church, watching in shock as acrid smoke rose in plumes. Speaking alongside junior Interior minister Laurent Nunez late Monday, police chief Jean-Claude Gallet said “two thirds of the roofing has been ravaged.” Gallet said firefighters would keep working overnight to cool down the building.

    Late Monday, signs pointed to the fire nearing an end as lights could be seen through the windows moving around the front of the cathedral, apparently investigators inspecting the scene.

    The fire came less than a week before Easter amid Holy Week commemorations. As the cathedral burned, Parisians gathered to pray and sing hymns outside the church of Saint Julien Les Pauvres across the river from Notre Dame while the flames lit the sky behind them.

    French President Emmanuel Macron was treating the fire as a national emergency, rushing to the scene and straight into meetings at the Paris police headquarters nearby. Paris Archbishop Michel Aupetit invited priests across France to ring church bells in a call for prayers for the beloved Paris cathedral.

    Deputy mayor Emmanuel Gregoire said emergency services were trying to salvage the famed art pieces stored in the cathedral.


    https://www.apnews.com/73404d09773740f699d4b92933abec50
     
  19. Paradise

    Paradise Media Mod

    :tears::hug:
     
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  20. fran

    fran Administrator Staff Member

    Photos of Notre Dame Before the Fire: A Cathedral That Defined a City

    It was the 12th century, and the architects behind a cathedral rising in the heart of Paris wanted to make a statement.

    When the architects of Cathedral of Notre-Dame set to work some 850 years ago, their goals were nothing if not ambitious.

    The church’s sanctuary, they decreed, must be taller than any built before. The nave would rise 108 feet, and the two 223-feet-tall towers would cast a far-reaching shadow over the roofs of Paris.

    The 12th century had just entered its second half, and to achieve new heights, the builders made early use of external supports known as flying buttresses.

    The cathedral today is one of the most iconic images of Paris, second only, perhaps, to the Eiffel Tower. More than 12 million visitors tour the structure each year, and untold postcards bearing photos of its towers and its rose windows are sent back home.




    On Monday, the world was again gazing at Notre-Dame — but now in horror, not awe.

    The cathedral sits in the middle of the Seine river, on the Île de la Cité. It took more than 200 years to build, and was begun under King Louis VII.

    History had a way of finding its ways through its doors.

    Henry VI was crowned there in 1431.

    In October 1793, amid the fervor of the French Revolution, antiroyalists forced their way into the cathedral’s Royal Gallery, and used ropes to pull down statues of what they thought were kings.

    They were — but not the kings the revolutionaries thought: The statues depicted the old Kings of Judea.

    But out they were dragged, anyway, into Cathedral Square, where they met the same fate as so many others during the revolution: the guillotine.

    As it happens, it was Napoleon who ended up saving the cathedral. Decades later, in 1804, he was crowned emperor there.

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    Notre-Dame is one of Paris’s most famous landmarks, drawing more than 12 million visitors a year.


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    Bastille Day, 1970.CreditBruno Barbey/Magnum Photos


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    Notre-Dame around 1900.CreditRoger Viollet, via Getty Images


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    Work on the cathedral did not stop once it was completed. A laborer in about 1900.CreditImagno, via Getty Images


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    The cathedral is a jewel of medieval Gothic architecture.CreditDmitry Kostyukov for The New York Times



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    As the years passed, the cathedral showed signs of age. In 2017, fallen stones littered its roof.CreditDmitry Kostyukov for The New York Times


    more ........... https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/15/world/europe/notre-dame-pictures.html
     

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