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Main structure and towers of iconic Notre Dame cathedral "saved" after spire and roof collapse

By The Telegraph

Notre Dame cathedral has caught fire, according to the Parisian fire service and eyewitnessesRead full story

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  • Eric Artisan
    Eric ArtisanManaging Director at Artisan Venture

    Such a tragedy and, G-D willing, no one is hurt. This iconic cathedral is one of the gems that make Paris perhaps the most beautiful city in the word. A place of worship should be protected at almost any cost and it saddens me to see the fires raging on a religious house that has heard the prayers of tens of millions throughout generations.

    May the Almighty protect those in the area and the brave people who are now rushing to help fight the fire.

  • Henry Tobias Jones
    Henry Tobias JonesEditor of Dyson on: at Dyson

    I wonder how it started? Will it be electrical, clerical or tourist related? Insurance will say act of god...

  • This really shows how much we value the contributions that religion has brought to this world. This cathedral has brought so many people together, from the ordinances performed, to the art, to the architecture that has inspired millions for 856 years. May it continue to do so.

  • Harrison In
    Harrison InProject Manager at Veracity Protocol

    Hope all are safe and well. Pray for the people and firefighters fighting to save people's lives. Culture is a big part of our society. Let's hope the brave firefighters can save as much as they can.

  • John Gray
    John GrayFormer Banker Risk Management

    In a city where almost every building would be a national treasure Notre Dame was indeed a jewel. While the Sorbonne was the intellect and the Louvre an altar to art, Notre Dame was the soul. I will miss her and mourn her passing. I hope she will rise from the ashes.

  • Kristen E. Strubberg
    Kristen E. Strubberg Founder, Editor-in-Chief at TGNR

    So much history...she made it through two World Wars. Hopefully she can pull through this.

  • This is truly a nightmare, and hopefully no one will be seriously injured from the fire.

    From a cultural perspective, depending on how extensive the damage proves to be, we may be witnessing a horrific cultural loss. It’s a sensation similar to how it would feel watching video of the Library of Alexandria engulfed in flames.

  • Max Lockie
    Max LockiePlatform Editor at Quartz

    It's still unclear what caused it, but it seems like the fire started close to 7PM and the cathedral closes to tourists at 6:45PM.

    Here's live coverage from France24 (English)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8yyiEfHIRA

  • Weiyee IN
    Weiyee INChief Strategy Officer

    The history the culture and the beauty lost. In horror and shock watching live on TV...so sad.

  • This is so so sad. I recently read The Library Book about the LA Public Library fire and it made me so sad. Feeling shocked with this fire too :(((

  • William Wood
    William WoodOwner at William Wood

    Very sad, so much history, so very iconic. For over 800 years, she even withstood Hitlers order to burn Paris, and has stood over her city. stood over her city, Paris.

  • Tragic. All the history its seen. I hope we are able to herald conservation. Not just people from Paris, but all over the world to make an example that the world can come together to restore and conserve its beauty.

  • Sean Minuti
    Sean MinutiSoftware Architect

    "The cathedral sits at kilometre zero from which all distances to other cities from the French capital are measured"

    Almost literally the centerpiece of Western Civilization and possibly of the entire world, it's unfathomable what would have happened if the entire structure was destroyed. I expect that life will go on, Easter services will be held al fresco on the Cathedral grounds and the cleanup will give way to rebuilding. What is old shall be new again. Fortunately, the ancient Lady of Paris

    "The cathedral sits at kilometre zero from which all distances to other cities from the French capital are measured"

    Almost literally the centerpiece of Western Civilization and possibly of the entire world, it's unfathomable what would have happened if the entire structure was destroyed. I expect that life will go on, Easter services will be held al fresco on the Cathedral grounds and the cleanup will give way to rebuilding. What is old shall be new again. Fortunately, the ancient Lady of Paris did not succumb completely to the flames, did not return to dust from whence she came, did not go quietly into that dark night. She raged, raged against the dieing of the light. Though she is shattered and broken with pieces scattered on the wind, she too will know happiness again. Her candles shall be lit again, her bells shall ring out again signaling the return of Notre Dame to her place atop civilization.

  • Quel dommage ! Quelle catastrophe !

  • BF says that this structures were built with blood. And yes. But that doesn’t mean we should allow to let history burns in front of our eyes.

    This is a very SAD day.

  • Adrian Warr
    Adrian WarrManaging Director at Edelman

    Very sad. Feels like a tragic metaphor for old Europe. Let’s home the reconstruction becomes one for new Europe.

  • Michael Allen
    Michael AllenRetired CFO and World Traveler

    Beautiful church my wife and I visited years ago. Like most structures it can be rebuilt although it will be a terrible loss of the original building.

  • David Haskett
    David Haskettfounder at sirius cybernetics

    I'm not a Catholic or belong to any church. I worship God in my own home in my own way with a nightly prayer and trying not to take his name in vain (that part I'm always asking forgiveness for)

    But I got to say watching it burn down today I couldn't hold back the tears.

  • James Randorff
    James RandorffMusician, Instructor at US Navy

    "Officials in Paris said the fire, which started at the 850-year-old Gothic building around 7pm local time, could be linked to renovation works being carried out at the cathedral."

    This is awful! I am very glad that it seems no one was injured.

  • Ryan Frederick
    Ryan FrederickOwner at Frederick Real Services

    There have been a string of these church fires in Paris. St. Sulpice caught fire last month.

  • Lawrence Levy
    Lawrence LevyStudent

    The Notre Dame joins the long list of French churches being damaged recently, hopefully this one was just accidental.

  • Michael Weston
    Michael WestonUtrzymac Wielka Ameryke

    I bet this terrible tragedy will be linked to global warming before the last of the glowing embers is extinguished.

  • So sad. Damage is already quite severe it seems. I wonder how the fire started?

  • Heartbreaking.

  • Iget Itin
    Iget Itin

    I pray especially in this tine that everyone is alright. The building is jist a building and can be replaced. Many blessing to everyone

  • Janis Sommers
    Janis Sommers

    I'm sure every attempt to rebuild it to it's historic proportions and beauty will be made. I only hope it wasn't an act of terrorism

  • 😢😢😢

  • Jesse Hawks
    Jesse HawksOwner at Hawk.Haus and Vitaimaging

    I was interest in reading this story, unfortunately the Telegraph is blighted with ads on mobile.

  • Rebekah Paul
    Rebekah PaulB2B Marketing

    This reminds of when Brazil's museum burned down last September 😭

  • Catherine Tannahill
    Catherine Tannahillprof, teacher

    Hopefully as little damage as possible.

  • Marie-Nicole Lapeyrade
    Marie-Nicole Lapeyrade

    Oh no!!!

  • Paul Sanders
    Paul Sanders

    Hmm. Every time I go to the video it traps me in a loop of spam content. Not what I expect from Quartz.

  • Bethany Osborne
    Bethany OsborneUniversity of Michigan

    Ah, tragic news!

  • Yosuke Tanimoto
    Yosuke TanimotoR&D at A Japanese Chemical Company

    OMG

  • Jake Scheffer
    Jake Scheffer

    Holy Smokes!

  • Henry Lockey
    Henry Lockey

    So sad.

  • Arjun Basu
    Arjun Basu

    Oh oh.

  • Coleen Carrico
    Coleen Carrico

    Why the G-D.

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