Fire guts Paris' Notre-Dame, but structure saved from destruction

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Former Montrealer Jennifer Leblanc is staying with a local family as she visits Paris and said that the building means a lot to them and the country. The cathedral was undergoing a $6.8 million restoration project. "My thoughts are with Parisians today and the firefighters who fight the flames". It is loved by Parisians, by French people, indeed people all around the world.

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.

French President Emmanuel Macron arrived on the scene to meet with police and emergency responders, who were working to salvage artwork and artifacts inside. After emerging to face a throng of reporters, Marcon vowed the cathedral would be rebuilt and announced the launch of an global fundraising drive to begin raising the millions of dollars necessary to restore the building to its former glory.

Firefighters have rushed to try to contain a fire that broke out at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris on Monday evening, 15 April. He pledged to rebuild the church and said he would seek worldwide help to do so. Paris Archbishop Michel Aupetit invited priests across France to ring church bells in a call for prayers.

Quebec Premier François Legault tweeted his condolences, saying "Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris is a gem!"

The Vatican said: "The Holy See has seen with shock and sadness the news of the awful fire that has devastated the Cathedral of Notre Dame, symbol of Christianity in France and in the world".

The Vatican said Pope Francis "has seen with shock and sadness the news of the bad fire that has devastated the Cathedral of Notre Dame, symbol of Christianity in France and in the world".

French historian Camille Pascal told BFM broadcast channel the blaze marked "the destruction of invaluable heritage".

"Notre Dame is not a building, she's an old lady that we come and say "hello" to and pay homage", he said. "We can be only horrified by what we see".

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