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by Oui on Mon Apr 15th, 2019 at 05:36:17 PM EST
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Notre-Dame fire: Paris' historic cathedral ravaged by major blaze
Paris' iconic Notre Dame cathedral was ablaze on Monday evening, with flames pictured leaping from the roof of the historic building, before the iconic spire collapsed along with the central roof. Follow the latest here.

The fire broke out at the landmark cathedral in central Paris on Monday afternoon, potentially involving renovation works being carried out at the site, the fire service said.

The flames and smoke plumed from the spire and roof of the gothic cathedral, visited by millions of people a year, where renovations are currently underway.

A cathedral spokesperson said the roof of Notre-Dame 'is going up in flames'. The roof later collapsed along with the cathedral's iconic spire.

Meanwhile neighbours living in the vicinity had to be evacuated.

On a side note, Macron was due to give an address on national TV tonight at 20:00 (grand debate conclusions, how to quell the gilets jaunes grievances). It has been postponed and the prez is reportedly going to the site of the 850-year old lady who has clearly upstaged him.

by Bernard on Mon Apr 15th, 2019 at 06:20:42 PM EST
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The highest spire has collapsed.

The carpentry work (13th century) is pretty much all consumed. There were important renovation works on the side of the building which was enveloped in scaffolding. Fire might be related to this construction work, but that's speculation, of course.

The whole of Île de la Cité has reportedly been evacuated.

by Bernard on Mon Apr 15th, 2019 at 06:29:37 PM EST
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Damn, awful loss. Unbelievable.

Here a technical Twitter thread.

by das monde on Mon Apr 15th, 2019 at 07:10:51 PM EST
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An historic blaze ... note the date. Throughout history there have been many destructive fires ... I recall a blaze in 1972 of the St. Rombouts cathedral in Mechelen in Belgium.

So often large fires start through carelessness on roof repair work. This blaze started mid-ship where scaffolding was in place for renovation. I just don't understand where such a precious monument is at stake, the precautionary measures are insufficiënt.

Fortunately no lives were lost ... a monumental loss, so unnecessary. 😢

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Mon Apr 15th, 2019 at 09:36:53 PM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Apr 16th, 2019 at 03:54:34 PM EST
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