On April 4, 2019, Notre-Dame de Paris caught on fire and was luckily put out but the iconic spire at the top of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris along with many other important and historical parts of the 850-year-old cathedral has been destroyed.
No one has been reported injured due to the fire but two police officers and a firefighter suffered minor injuries.
Prosecutors have reported that the fire was likely an accident and Rémy Heitz says it is expected to be a long process to find the cause according to CNN.
CNN also reported that Lt. Col.Gabriel Plus, a spokesman for the fire brigade, said internal security officers first heard the fire alarm at 6:20 p.m. (12:20 p.m. ET) and began to evacuate the cathedral, even though they didn’t see any sign of fire. Twenty-three minutes later, the fire alarm rang again, Plus said. That’s when the cathedral’s security officers noticed the flames.
Firefighters say it took more than nine hours to get the flames under control and many Parisians watched in horror as
their beloved cathedral collapsed under flames.
The following day, hundreds of people marched on Paris’ streets Tuesday night, prayed and sang hymns together.
French President Emmanuel Macron has pledged to have the cathedral rebuilt in as soon as five years, saying in a televised address to the nation on Tuesday night.
“Throughout our history, we have built towns, ports, churches. Many have been burnt due to revolutions, wars, due to mankind’s mistakes. Each time we have rebuilt them. The fire of Notre Dame reminds us that our story never ends. And that we will always have challenges to overcome. What we believe to be indestructible can also be touched,” Macron added (CNN).
Macron vows to the rebuilding of the cathedral because “that is what our history merits, and this is our deep destiny.”
However, Frédéric Létoffé, the co-president of a group of French companies specializing in restoring historic buildings, cautioned that full restoration of the Gothic cathedral could take significantly longer — around “10 to 15 years.”
The people of Paris know it will take great amounts of money to rebuild the cathedral and have already received 700 million dollars in donations; hopefully, reconstruction of this beautiful piece of history will take up soon.