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Mon Apr 15, 2019, 05:09 PM

French firefighter official: Notre Dame's structure has been saved from total destruction

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo is being quoted on France 24 as saying this too:

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/europe/notre-dame-fire-cathedral-s-spire-collapses-but-building-s-structure-saved-from-total-destruction-1.3861216

A major fire has broken out at the medieval Notre Dame cathedral in central Paris.

A French firefighter official has said that the structure of Notre Dame has been saved from total destruction but that one firefighter has been seriously injured.

The spire of the cathedral collapsed on Monday afternoon and authorities have begun examining the cause of blaze. Renovations were undeway at Notre Dame de Paris [Our Lady of Paris], with some sections under scaffolding.

Distraught Parisians and stunned tourists gazed in disbelief as the inferno raged. Thousands of onlookers lined bridges over the River Seine and along its embankments, held at a distance by a police cordon.

“Basically the whole rooftop is gone. I see no hope for the building,” said witness Jacek Poltorak, watching the fire from a fifth-floor balcony two blocks from the southern facade of the cathedral, one of France’s most visited sites.


CNBC reporting it as well: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/04/15/paris-notre-dame-cathedral-on-fire-reuters.html

Notre Dame towers declared safe from fire

11:05 p.m.

A French official and the Paris fire chief say they think Notre Dame Cathedral's landmark rectangular towers have been saved from the fire that caused horrific damage.

Junior Interior Minister Laurent Nunez said late Monday that authorities remain "prudent" but are "much more optimistic" than earlier in the night.

Read more here: https://www.idahostatesman.com/entertainment/article229285804.html#storylink=cpy

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Response to BeyondGeography (Original post)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 05:13 PM

1. Thank goodness for small mercies.

Hats off to the brave workers who helped save what they could.

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Response to LisaM (Reply #1)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 05:29 PM

3. I know things don't work this way

But Paris and the French really didn't merit a total loss of this piece of their heritage. Those towers needed to endure.

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Response to BeyondGeography (Reply #3)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 05:32 PM

5. And (if they save them), it's the earliest part.

The spire, as iconic as it is, is an added element. I think they will rebuild it, and they'd already removed the statues surrounding it.

If they do save the beloved towers, it will give Parisians a very rare opportunity to see the Cathedral as it was when it was first built, the way it was in Eleanor of Aquitaine's day, which is a tiny silver lining. Not that I take it for granted, but the French value these things so dearly, I have some hope.

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Response to LisaM (Reply #5)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 05:40 PM

6. Macron just announced the creation of a rebuilding fund tomorrow

It will happen.

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Response to LisaM (Reply #1)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 06:49 PM

10. Also good news is this happened after it was closed and no civilians were hurt. I know one

firefighter was hurt and we all want him/her to recover!

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Response to BeyondGeography (Original post)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 05:13 PM

2. How much I'm hoping they can save the structure from total destruction!

I'm sure they're putting their best efforts into doing just that.

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Response to BeyondGeography (Original post)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 05:32 PM

4. Pic. nighttime in Paris but still burning............

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Response to BeyondGeography (Original post)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 05:49 PM

7. I once saw a beautiful 4 story sandstone building burn and

while the fire was raging through the top floors and up through the roof, it looked as though the entire building would be a total loss. It took the local fire fighters all night long to extinguish the flames. Everyone who saw it while it was burning thought for sure it would never be saved, but the entire stone building itself ended up being okay, although the interior of the top couple of floors had been gutted. So I'm hoping that other than the roof top and the spire, maybe the rest of the cathedral will end up being restorable once the fire is out. Regardless, it's so sad that any part of it was destroyed, along with any of the irreplaceable artifacts inside. Hopefully, some of the artifacts in the lower sections will be alright. I'm optimistic that the cathedral will be restored to its former beauty someday.

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Response to BeyondGeography (Original post)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 06:33 PM

8. Thank God.

A prayer to the Apostle Thomas, patorn saint of architects, for an inspired and speedy reconstruction.



The Apostle Thomas, as depicted in sculpture at the Notre Dame Cathedral

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Mon Apr 15, 2019, 07:01 PM

11. WTF?

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Response to BeyondGeography (Original post)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 07:04 PM

12. There are exquisite 3D laser maps of every detail of Notre Dame

Thanks to the incredible work of Vassar art historian Andrew Tallon. This will be crucial going forward.

https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/06/150622-andrew-tallon-notre-dame-cathedral-laser-scan-art-history-medieval-gothic/

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Response to DesertRat (Reply #12)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 07:09 PM

13. Great post

Thanks.

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Response to BeyondGeography (Original post)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 07:13 PM

14. Here's a clearer image of the inside of Notre Dame cathedral, one of the first since the fire.


Here's a clearer image of the inside of Notre Dame cathedral, one of the first since the fire. Credit: AFP

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Response to BeyondGeography (Original post)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 07:23 PM

15. Notre-Dame of Paris 'saved' after fire destroys steeple

https://www.afp.com/en/news/15/notre-dame-paris-saved-after-fire-destroys-steeple-doc-1fo2eb4
Notre-Dame of Paris 'saved' after fire destroys steeple

16 Apr 2019

French firefighters Monday won an hours-long battle to save the main structure of Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, after a colossal fire caused the spire of the historic edifice to crash to the ground and wiped out centuries of heritage.

French President Emmanuel Macron vowed that "we will rebuild" Notre-Dame and expressed relief that "the worst had been avoided" in a fire that risked bringing the entire edifice down.

The fire destroyed the roof of the 850-year-old UNESCO world heritage landmark, whose spectacular Gothic spire collapsed before the eyes of horrified onlookers on a previously pristine early spring evening.



Paris fire brigade chief Jean-Claude Gallet said "we can consider that the main structure of Notre-Dame has been saved and preserved" as well as the two towers.

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Response to BeyondGeography (Original post)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 07:31 PM

16. It'll never be the same for 20-30 years, minimum. It's not the $ either.

We won't see it done in most of out lifetimes. As a historic French structure protected by numerous laws, it'll take forever to just get all the relevant parties to agree on a reconstruction plan, let alone material selection, architectural upgrades (for very long term building strength) decisions on modern fire-proofing adaptations (internal roof or even external sprinklers, other fire-suppression systems, heat detection sensors and the like). Just the effort to get all parties to agree (tough enough in Paree!) on a plan to START the renovation could take years.

Sorry, glad I visited in 2000, but I and many of you will be long gone before the new unveiling in, I'll guess, 2039 to 2049!

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Response to machoneman (Reply #16)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 10:09 PM

18. I fear some things will never be replaced, South Rose window

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Response to BeyondGeography (Original post)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 07:39 PM

17. milwaukee had a major church fire in 2018. only built in 1870's.

luckily the bones were brick. they too lost a pipe organ, but i saw the carcass a few months later. some stained glass survived and even some decorative wood by the organ survived and a painting of jesus above the alter was pretty much ok from the photo. luckily the church was lutheran, so not majorly pretty like notra dame. at least they have tons of photos for restoration.

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