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Iconic facade, towers of Notre Dame Cathedral saved

5 months 4 weeks 1 day ago Monday, April 15 2019 Apr 15, 2019 April 15, 2019 12:20 PM April 15, 2019 in News
Source: WBRZ

PARIS - A massive fire has caused untold amounts of damage at the world-famous Notre Dame Cathedral.

Firefighters confirmed Monday they were battling a fire at the cathedral at 6:50 p.m. local time, that's around noon Central US time. An official from the French Interior Ministry told the Associated Press 400 firefighters were at the scene of the fire.

      >Click here to see video recorded shortly after the fire first ignited

Hours after the inferno started, firefighters were able to determine a crucial and positive observation: The main structure of the cathedral was saved and that the two iconic towers at the front entrance of the cathedral, are intact and have been saved, too. 

Officials say there is no evidence of arson in the Notre Dame fire. Investigators are working on the assumption the blaze was an accident. During a Tuesday press conference, officials say 50 agents were working on the investigation.

Monday shocked onlookers watched as the more-than-850-year-old church was engulfed in flames.

It's unclear how extensive the damage is at this time, but videos posted on social media show walls and its signature spire have collapsed. 

The peak of the church had been undergoing a 6 million-euro ($6.8 million) renovation project, officials said.

     SEE VIDEO: Inside Notre Dame before the fire; Click HERE

 

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