Nobody likes to see history or monuments in any country damaged or destroyed. "Officials in Paris said the fire, which started at the 850-year-old Gothic building around 7pm local time, could be linked to renovation works being carried out at the cathedral. French media reports, citing police sources, added that the fire started by accident. "
An appalling tragedy to one of the world’s great buildings. I hope we immediately pledge to provide assistance with stone masons and architectural consultancy as required once the dust has settled. I imagine there are contractors involved in the renovation feeling pretty sick right now.
Just horrible news, also horrible seeing the spire collapse. I think it's the heart of Paris, I was in there a couple of years ago & climbed to the top via very narrow stone stairs about forty years ago (the first time I visited Paris).
Twiiter to the rescue! "Perhaps flying water tankers could be used to put it out. Must act quickly!" Brilliant! Much better than a garden hose used in a leisurely manner from the top of the Eiffel Tower.
I just received pictures and video from my nephew who is in Paris at this moment for a bike race that was held this weekend - I think it was called the Paris Roubaix and his friend ran a marathon. He said it was unbelievable and so sad. He, his wife and baby are staying a short distance from Ile de la Cite and were caught up in the crowds that were forming. They were moved back quite a distance and watched for approximately 3 hours as it burned. To see it first hand must be surreal which he said it was. He said the weather was beautiful earlier in the day and you could see the flames almost too clearly.
I wish I could post what he sent me here but I am inept at that and besides, it's everywhere and too sad.