A massive fire consumed Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, France.
The fire gutted the roof of the Parisian landmark on Monday (April 15) though firefighters saved the main bell towers and outer walls from collapse before bringing the blaze under control, Reuters reported.
The fire, after burning for about eight hours, was largely extinguished by 0300 CET on Tuesday.
Earlier, in addition to battling to prevent one of the main bell towers from collapsing, firefighters tried to rescue religious relics and priceless artwork. One firefighter was seriously injured - the only reported casualty.
French President Emmanuel Macron said: “The worst has been avoided.”
Cette cathédrale Notre-Dame, nous la rebâtirons. Tous ensemble. C’est une part de notre destin français. Je m’y engage : dès demain une souscription nationale sera lancée, et bien au-delà de nos frontières.— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) April 15, 2019
He also thanked and congratulated the firefighters.
According to Reuters the cathedral’s main stone structure had escaped complete destruction by the time the fire came under control.
The Paris prosecutor’s office said it had launched an inquiry into the fire. Several police sources said they were working on the assumption for now that the fire was accidental.
Four-hundred firefighters were deployed to the scene of Notre-Dame de Paris’s fire, which was said to have started accidently at around 7pm in the areas where its renovation is ongoing.