The Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, France tragically caught flame April 15, 2019, during renovations. The actual cause is still under investigation, but it is apparent that it was an internal flame that grew outwards.
The Notre Dame has survived for over 800 years, passing through wars, revolutions, riots, and even the black plague. Presidential officials plan for a 5 year rebuilding.
At approximately 7:40 pm, the cathedral’s spire (93 meters tall) set aflame and soon after collapsed. The roof collapsed as follows. Two bell towers survived, although 66% of the roof caved in.
It took about 15 hours to extinguish the fire.
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