Notre Dame Cathedral's Main Structure & Bell Towers Spared From Deadly Fire

Along with most of the artwork and religious relics that called the cathedral home.

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Paris landmark Notre Dame Cathedral was hit with a major fire on the evening of April 15, but the 850-year-old gothic beauty’s structure was thankfully saved from the blaze.

Paris fire-service commander Jean-Claude Galler confirmed that the main edifice and two bell towers of the cathedral had been spared, crediting the work of hundreds of firefighters in preventing the fire’s spread to the north tower belfry. City mayor Anne Hidalgo announced that most of the artworks and religious relics that called Notre Dame Cathedral home were also salvaged, with France’s culture minister Franck Riester uploading photos of their removal on social media.

President Emmanuel Macron made a statement just outside the cathedral, vowing to rebuild the beloved and historical structure. “The worst has been avoided, but the battle isn’t fully won yet,” he said, revealing that France will start an international fundraising campaign in order to raise money for the expensive reconstructions.

Figures such as Barack and Michelle Obama, Idris Elba, Hillary Clinton, Kylian Mbappé and the Archbishop of Canterbury all took the time to grieve with the people of France. The former First Lady even penned a short yet personal story of her first time in Notre Dame, ending her piece with a spark of hope.

Police claim that the fire accidentally began due to the cathedral’s ongoing construction but an investigation has been opened by the prosecutor’s office to clarify. The deadly blaze began at around 5:50 PM local time, claiming two-thirds of the roof and the spire installed in the 19th century. Its three medieval rose windows also reportedly exploded in high heat. Visitors and residents inside the landmark and surrounding areas were quickly evacuated along with the closure of metro stations and certain roads by the river.

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