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856 years old Notre Dame Cathedral In France catches Fire

Updated On 17 Apr, 2019 Published On

The historic Notre Dame Cathedral situated in France caught fire on 15th April 2019, while the historic monument was going under renovations.

The Notre-Dame de Paris fire broke out on 15 April 2019, shortly before 18:50 (local time), in the roof of Notre-Dame Cathedral, Paris which caused severe damage to the building.

At 6:20 p.m. local time (12:20 p.m. ET), guards at the Notre Dame heard the fire alarm inside the building and evacuated the cathedral, even though there was no sign of the outbreak, a spokesman from the Paris fire brigade informed CNN. 

The alarm rang again at 6:43 p.m. local time (12:43 p.m. ET). 

It was then the cathedral’s officers noticed the fire, Paris Prosecutor Rémy Heitz stated in a press conference on Tuesday.

The fire was extinguished fifteen hours later, the other day, but firefighters remained behind to identify and extinguish the remaining fires within the premises.

The cathedral's wood-and-lead spiral staircase and the roof collapsed, causing considerable damage to the interior, windows and upper walls, as well as to numerous works of art by famous Rennaissance artists.

The stone vaulted ceiling below the monument's roof prevented the fire from spreading to the inside of the cathedral, saving the cathedral from further damage.

Cathedral staff are working to calculate the damage to its interior features and religious artefacts.

President Emmanuel Macron of France promised the restoration of the cathedral and launched a fundraising campaign which successful to accumulate about €800 million from several benefactors within 24 hours of the fire. 

It's been estimated the restoration work could take about twenty years, though the President publicly assured the citizens, that the work would be completed in five.