Notre Dame Engulfed In Flames - Spire And Roof Collapse
Smoke and flames rise during a fire at the landmark Notre-Dame Cathedral in central Paris on April 15, 2019, potentially involving renovation works being carried out at the site, the fire service said. Image: Rochon-Vollet Stephane/ABACA
BREAKING UPDATE | It is being reported that the structure of the Notre Dame cathedral has been miraculously saved.
Initial photos taken from inside the still smoking building reveal that only a small part of the vault collapsed.
The interior appears to have escaped any major smoke or heat damage.
The images below are some of the first to be released, showing the inside of the Notre Dame cathedral after fire ripped through the historic building.
Harrowing image of 3 ravens flying over Notre Dame as fire engulfs the historic Paris cathedral. 😥🙏 pic.twitter.com/mqluqeAwX7— Ryan Knight #NeedToImpeach 🇺🇸 (@ProudResister) April 15, 2019
EARLIER | The Guardian is reporting that the two towers of Notre Dame have been saved, according to a firefighting official who spoke to Reuters. However, a fireman has reportedly been seriously injured.
Charlotte, an Australian travelling in Paris, said the mood is "incredibly sombre, it is like a grieving process 100 per-cent, everyone's really really upset, people are crying in the streets, people were singing the French national anthem".
She went on, "it just seems to be a crazy experience, I mean, we were actually heading there when it burst out in flames, we were on route and we were really lucky with our circumstances that we weren't there at the time".
But she said she could see the smoke coming from the building, right up until the top collapsed off.
Ver notre dame así dan ganas de llorar pic.twitter.com/mT2R5F9RqM— Olga (@Olgamartinlat) April 15, 2019
Charlotte said her flight was delayed this morning, "so we had planned to be there this afternoon". So she never got to see inside the historic building.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has taken time out from the busy election campaign to share his memories of Notre Dame.
I fondly remember standing outside Notre Dame with Jen almost 30 years ago. So sad to see this beautiful cathedral in flames this morning. Our thoughts are with the people of France and emergency services who are fighting this fire. They will rebuild as Parisians always do.— Scott Morrison (@ScottMorrisonMP) April 15, 2019
Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has done the same, taking to Twitter to offer his condolences.
Notre Dame brought so much joy to so many souls. A sad day for Paris, for France and for people all around the world.— Bill Shorten (@billshortenmp) April 15, 2019
French President Emmanuel Macron has vowed to rebuild.
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
Translation - This Notre-Dame Cathedral, we will rebuild it. All together. This is part of our French destiny. I am committed to this: from tomorrow a national subscription will be launched, and far beyond our borders.
French President Macron says he will launch an international fundraising campaign to rebuild Notre Dame cathedral. Speaking from the scene, Macron described the fire as a “terrible tragedy”, but added the “worst had been avoided”. (from CNN's Martin Goillandeau)— CNNJanet (@CNNJanet) April 15, 2019
US President Donald Trump labelled the blaze a "terrible sight to behold".
Pres. Trump calls Notre Dame fire "a terrible sight to behold."— ABC News (@ABC) April 15, 2019
"That is beyond countries, that's beyond anything. That's a part of our growing up, it's a part of culture. It's a part of our lives." https://t.co/kiOQsrXiTi pic.twitter.com/ejdycm9IjT
EARLIER | Paris's iconic Notre Dame cathedral is being consumed by fire.
Flames were spotted spewing from the centuries old cathedral during the early evening, according to media reports.
BREAKING: People singing hymn outside burning Notre Dame. Moving video. pic.twitter.com/V5iraZyrxr— Breaking News Global (@BreakingNAlerts) April 15, 2019
Those flames travelled up and eventually consumed the spire, which collapsed, followed by the roof.
An Associated Press reporter revealed that the fire had spread to one of the building's landmark rectangular towers.
The Paris Fire Department is desperately trying to contain the fire but a French Interior Ministry official told media, firefighters might not be able to save it.
"Everything is burning, nothing will remain from the frame," Notre Dame spokesman Andre Finot told French media.
Notre Dame's treasures include a Catholic relic, the crown of thorns, which is only occasionally displayed, including on Fridays during Lent.
The cause of the blaze is not known.
This story will continue to be updated.
By Michelle Price