One Blaze, Four Hundred Firefighters, Thousands of Shocked Onlookers

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One Blaze, Four Hundred Firefighters, Thousands of Shocked Onlookers

Kyler Simmons, Co-Publisher

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PARIS: The whole nation of France looked on as 400 firefighters worked tirelessly to put out a rapidly spreading fire at the Notre Dame Cathedral on Monday, April 15th. The fire broke out late on Monday due to unknown circumstances.

Within an hour of the flames first being spotted, the fire had completely engulfed the medieval structures wooden roof and iconic spire, causing both to collapse as onlookers cried out in anguish.

After nine hours the fire was finally put out, and to everyone’s relief, the cathedral was left mostly undamaged (besides the roof and spire of course).

Most of the artifacts that call the cathedral home were removed due to the renovation, but there were still many relics in the cathedral as the fire burned. About 100 firefighters were sent in to remove as much as they could. Some examples of artifacts that were saved include: The Crown of Thorns, The Tunic of Saint Louis, The Great Organ, and the 13th century Rose windows. Of the relics that were left in, all were left mostly undamaged. The paintings will be taken to the Louvre to be treated for smoke damage.

The Notre Dame Cathedral has been a major French Icon since it was built in the 13th century, bringing in thousands of tourists each year. Not to mention the cathedral being a major Christian symbol. An event like this could’ve been catastrophic if not for the hard work of the firefighters. Plans to rebuild the iconic structure are already underway.

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