Unbelievable new drone footage shows catastrophic fire damage to Notre-Dame Cathedral

Unbelievable new drone footage shows catastrophic fire damage to Notre-Dame Cathedral

Unbelievable new drone footage shows catastrophic fire damage to Notre-Dame Cathedral

This evening, cathedral bells rang out across the country at the exact moment the fire broke out on Monday. "Our priority is to stabilize the pinnacles which are weakened, since they are no longer held up by the roof and its frame", Lieutenant-Colonel Gabriel Plus told Reuters.

Despite his comments, experts had warned a full restoration will take many years.

"This Notre-Dame Cathedral, we will rebuild it".

Mr Stephen Bern, who has served as an adviser on France's monuments to President Emmanuel Macron, said that the contractor for the building's scaffolding was "serious", and that safety regulations were "codified". "The end of the fire doesn't mean the edifice is totally saved".

Almost $1 billion has been pledged for the cathedral's restoration, coming from ordinary worshippers and wealthy magnates, including those who own L'Oreal, Chanel and Dior.

At Saint Sulpice church, the second largest house of worship in Paris, French first lady Brigitte Macron attended a special service, the yearly blessing of the oils during Holy Week ahead of Easter Sunday.

"The global competition will allow us to ask the question of whether we should even recreate the spire as it was conceived by Viollet-le-Duc", Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said.


"Should we rebuild the spire envisaged and built by Viollet-le-Duc under the same conditions ..."

Construction teams brought in a huge crane and a delivery of planks of wood to the site Wednesday morning. Firefighters were still examining the damage and shoring up the structure.

Investigations into the blaze are still underway.

A spokesman for the Paris prosecutor's office later clarified that it was church staff, not firefighters, who looked into the initial alarm. "That to me is indispensable", said Mouton, who logged each of the timber beams in Notre-Dame's attic that was dubbed the "forest".

Bustling streets are now "totally closed".

"I've been meeting with the platforms yesterday", O said. "Notre-Dame is an integral part of Paris, a city to which we are deeply connected".

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