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The historic Notre Dame Cathedral which stood for 800 years was destroyed by a raging fire that tore through the wooden interior of the building on Monday. Firefighters and first responders scrambled to save the priceless art and other treasures inside the burning Cathedral.

The fire began near the Cathedral's iconic spire which was under renovation. The flames quickly spread across the roof to the church's landmark rectangular towers.

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Dramatic news footage showed the moment when the soaring spire collapsed inside the Catholic church. French citizens watched in horror as the historic buildings went up in flames.

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

Finot said the entire wooden interior of the Notre Dame is engulfed in flames.

U.S. President Trump tweeted about the fire on Monday afternoon.

"So horrible to watch the massive fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Perhaps flying water tankers could be used to put it out. Must act quickly!"

But fire officials say tackling the fire from the air by dropping water on it would likely cause the standing buildings to collapse.

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The Associated Press reports 16 religious statues were removed from the peak to be cleaned on Thursday. The statues were moved for the first time in over a century, and therefore escaped the flames.

But numerous paintings and artifacts, all hundreds of years old and irreplaceable, are destroyed.

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French writer and historian Camille Pascal says the fire has caused "the destruction of invaluable heritage" and "we can only be horrified by what we see."

Pascal told French broadcaster BFMTV: "It's been 800 years that the Cathedral watches over Paris" and its bells pealed for both "happy and unfortunate events."

The Cathedral was one of the world's most famous tourist attractions. The cause of the blaze is unknown, but authorities believe the renovation going on at the spire may have sparked the fire.
 

Photo by Chesnot/Getty Images, Stoyan Vassev\TASS via Getty Images

  • Seldomseen

    Damn

  • Coy little wink

    OMG ?

  • okiseethisthatdumbshit

    Nice!

  • Gamer?? Chick

    .......

  • MJF

    Damn crazy and Easter is right around the corner...

  • WinterIsComing

    It was such a beautiful building.

  • goat

    I ain't got nothing nice to say, so I'm going back down stairs.

  • shelly

    Never amazes me how these priceless artifacts are not protected from fire or water damage.

  • BRuhman_Vista

    I was fortunate to visit the Notre Dame on 2 occasions. Pictures don't do that structure justice. What a sad development.

  • WhoKnew

    Right. I'm sure many worshippers planned to be there on Easter.

  • WutizstillHERE!

    dang..welp scratch that off my "to do" list of things I want to visit.. https://media3.giphy.com/media/uB6rsQFg5yPzW/giphy.gif

  • WhoKnew

    Yes, it indeed was a beautiful building.

  • WhoKnew

    You can't replace 800 year old history like that. I would have loved to get on my knees and pray in such a historic, spiritual and beautiful landmark.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    I wonder if this is just another symbol of the inevitable collapse of religion as a force in the world.

  • JENNYJONES1

    I HATE TO SEE ANY CHURCH BURN BUT IT SEEMS LATELY THE CATHOLIC CHURCH HAS BEEN REAPING IT'S DISGUSTING PAST FOR MOLESTING CHILDREN ESP LITTLE BOYS..........JENNY JONES!!!

  • Chaseboogie The Prince

    2019 HAS BEEN THE ABSOLUTE CRAZZZZZIEST YEAR!!! Everything has been going crazy for celebs, notorious buildings, etc. If I was a celeb I wouldn't release music, do a movie, travel, or anything this year. Just wait until 2020. It is like a big doom is waiting around the corner and we all about to witness some major shit go down. I swear this is the wildest year EVER!

  • justlooking

    Thought the same, can't imagine all those little choir boys that have been molested. In offices, chambers and halls.

  • Elevated Soul

    It will be interesting to find out how this fire actually started,interesting indeed.

    I have been to Paris several times as a kid/teenager and The Notre Dame Cathedral is a massive landmark built over 800 years ago...

    I know they were working on the building but there also may be another element to this...........

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Uranus is in Taurus ... foundations will fall ...... ain't no getting around it either .... this year and 2020 somethings will be knocked off the map ... some people will fall from Grace .... fated!!!! Any foundation that is false will fall ...... that includes buildings ..... families .... inheritances etc ...

  • Nik

    I visited Paris in 2017 and made sure to go to the cathedral. It was a magnificent structure inside and out.

  • http://yourpushfactor.com/ Sheila Makena

    Interesting...

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    and it's a lot to reap ... stay tuned!!!!

  • Alextra Ballard

    Even though it will probably be rebuild,but it will never be the same

  • Nik

    I talked to someone about this, how 2019 has been bad news from Day 1. I'm up to 5 deaths since January on top of hearing back to back news of grave illnesses or friends of friends passing away unexpectedly. It's the absolute weirdest season I've ever experienced. It's a call to be hypervigilant, pay attention to what's being exposed, and we must keep our buttermilk clean. I also think more people are going to experience mental health issues, which is why I am doing my best to play it cool and keep myself in a peaceful state. Something is in the air and it's not finished yet.

  • Nik

    I am with you on this!

  • justlooking

    That can't be rebuilt. NEVER

  • Renee26

    Could it possibly be a bit of karma for all of the sex abuse scandals involving priests and nuns of which the Catholic churches have turned a blind eye to???

  • Renee26

    Agreed

  • Renee26

    And girls too at the hands of nuns.... Yup.

  • Renee26

    And girls...

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    The end is near...

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    well told ya ... this is judgement .... folks can look at the planets ... da news ... anything on the outside .... bottom line ..... reaping is happening .... good and bad ..... things are also being returned the oppressed across the world .... those that held power over many ..... let's just say.... their shyt will come down .... ain't nothing anyone can do about it ..... but stay in love .... because deaths (physical, foundations .... fake .... cons ...... no matter how pretty it appears ..... Will fall!!!! Best Advice ...... stay in the love ... surround yourself with loving people . trust your ancestors are standing right beside ya ... cause bay bay ...chile they (ancestors, angels guides )do know what's going on ..... they with you also doing your part by staying love .....unfortunately many will be swept away ....... shyts about to get hard for many .... watch how ya speak ..... and only speak in truth and honesty .... that's da key ..... dark folks and even some good people can't even do that smh ..... either way it's all good ..... if you stay honest and stand in truth with yourself and others ......

  • Nik

    Funny how that never comes up. Priests and nuns are forced to take a vow many can't keep. It is unreal that people prefer to remain clergy and violate a child than to humble themselves, step down, and admit the need for companionship. I mean become Episcopalian. Close enough and you can have a spouse.

  • Kanyade

    oh my.

  • Parent

    Don't really care.

  • Renee26

    They're sick... And the cover-up is equally disgusting. The transferred them to other institutions when complaints came in but nobody called the law SMDH

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Well..karma comes in many forms.
    This may be a physical manifestation of such.

  • TriniHarlem
  • TriniHarlem

    Same

  • 88

    Lots of ppl don't know so called Negroes (we were called moors back then) built Notre-Dame de Paris.

  • The_Blaque_Widow

    Glad I got to visit before it went up in flames ?

  • Let them eat cake

    We've barely even scratched the surface...but you're right.

  • Gloria

    Not the first time history has been destroyed. Won’t be the last.

  • Let them eat cake

    judgement first beings in the house of God. 1st Peter 4:17

  • Let them eat cake

    thats the plan and it is biblical...christ's return is soon.

  • Rodmilla De Ghent

    zut alors

  • A D N

    I actually didn't know, but it makes perfect sense.

  • A D N

    I always wanted to visit Paris, but never heard of the cathedral. Yes, from the pictures, I'm sure didn't do justice. Beautiful architect.

  • Nik

    You will enjoy Paris!

  • A D N

    I'm sad to never be able to experience.

  • A D N

    Thanks. Hopefully soon, really soon.

  • A D N

    I'm sorry to hear that a building with such historically value to some are experiencing such tragedy. I really dislike seeing anything destroyed, relationships, buildings, self esteem, trust, a good sweet potato pie...

  • hottlanta

    Dump tweeted n gave a speech about notre dame burning but said nothing about those 3 black churches that the white sheriff son set ablaze. I wonder why?

  • hottlanta

    Paid Harvard n those other ivy league debt by giving them slaves as currency.

  • Ghost

    Me too! Sad....

  • Ghost

    Right now they’re blaming it on the renovation....but it’s still early. We’ll see ?

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    You're not lying about that sweet potato pie....https://media1.giphy.com/media/WgRrFTXL6EfTRfzyhm/giphy.gif

  • KLove

    I'm thinking this was no accident, but I will wait for the facts to come out. How convenient that this happened during Holy Week. I want to say the Muslims are behind it, but even if they are, the media will be slow to report it, because it goes against the narrative lol

  • Ms..N

    Because he thinks they are fine people!! Smfh

  • hottlanta

    He is telling them how 2 put it out wtf.

  • dru and neil

    I’ve only been to Paris once but I remember how beautiful this structure was. Such a shame...

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Tragic. It's a beautiful structure.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    You can't go to Paris and not see it.
    Awe inspiring. Truly sad that this happened.
    I don't know how you rebuild from here.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    It's amazing how transparent he is on the topic of race relations. Yet his supporters swear he's not racist.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    I'd go back in a heartbeat!

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Reaping is no longer waiting 40 years to manifest. It's coming faster.

  • helpme2understand

    I heard the historic center, Dr Matin Luther King and Rosa Parks used to practice in was also burned down last week in Tennessee.It supposedly had all the documents speeches and recordings inside . There are videos on YouTube ablazed.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    "Pictures don't do that structure justice."

    I would have thought there would have been a plan in place to handle such a disaster.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Yep and for some it is happening thee same day ...... Catch those T's lololol!

  • Indies beauty

    Cray. Not French but been studying it for the past year...Ç'est terrible!

  • Indies beauty

    **literally studying for my French oral when this happend. Guess French lecture will be "lit" on thurs. ?

  • Bea Mack,Aka Steel Vagina

    Who said it should be replaced- idol worship goes on hidden in the form of treasures that cherished.... but for why when God said place NOTHING ABOVE HIM?????

  • https://www.instagram.com/nymagee/ Ny MaGee

    Wicked place of worship for a fake ass religion. *KanyeShrug*

  • Nik

    I stayed in St. Germaine. Perfect spot! I pretty much walked everywhere even when I could have caught an Uber. The weather was just right. The Eiffel tower is magnificent at night!

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Good walking city. Catching the train was easy too.

  • LYRICS

    Thank u!!! And right b4 Easter??? This was an act of God! He's mad!

  • LYRICS

    10x for the non believers in the back!!

  • LYRICS

    I've always said the same. It doesn't make any sense

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    The non believers can stay sleep ..... their is no help for them lolololol !!!!! Lyric keep ya faith bew <3

  • LYRICS

    ???

  • jwoo250

    What were the odds of those statues being removed before the fire. They said they hadn't been moved in centuries.

    But just happened to be removed before the fire. Things that make you go hmmmm.

  • Shamwow
  • Shamwow

    They probably tried to cut corners because a professional contractor or anyone with sense would’ve handled it.

  • WiseGui

    Was it a church?

  • Coffee1st

    Smh... what didn't we build???

  • Coffee1st

    Watching, praying and trying my best to keep my heart right. ???
    Smh..... and ? show continues......

  • Coffee1st

    ................

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Your heart already right bew ..... its when we fight against what's in heart is where the problem lies ...... keep your faith and stay in integrity ..... das it !!!! That's all it takes .... Love ya bew <3

  • helpme2understand

    No, it was the historic center. 3 Black churches burned down in Louisiana around the same time. Roland Martin has a video on YouTube about the incident.

  • helpme2understand

    The Highlander center for education and research.

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