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Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral is on fire 4/15/19

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Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral is on fire 4/15/19

Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral is on fire



-A fire broke out at Notre Dame Cathedral in central Paris on Monday afternoon, a spokesman from the fire department said.

-A major operation was under way, the fire department added, while a city hall spokesman said on Twitter that the area was being cleared.
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Old 04-15-19, 12:41 PM
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Re: Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral is on fire 4/15/19

I saw this live on CNN a few minutes ago. Does not look good.
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Wow.

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Been telling them for years to ban smoking in there.
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Re: Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral is on fire 4/15/19

I took a river boat by it but never stepped inside. Looks like severe damage. That place has survived wars and all kinds of stuff. Bummer.
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Quasimodo smoking in the bell tower again.
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Re: Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral is on fire 4/15/19

Seems like a fire like this completely took the city's resources by surprise.
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Damn... I'm staying very near to there in July.
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Re: Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral is on fire 4/15/19

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Seems like a fire like this completely took the city's resources by surprise.

I know the French have at least one fire truck.... curious why they aren't using it.
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Re: Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral is on fire 4/15/19

CBS news anchor asked if this is a functioning church.

Not now, it isn't.
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I'm sure God could stop this fire, if he wanted to.
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I'm sure God could stop this fire, if he wanted to.
God only helps athletes win championships; didn't you know?
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Re: Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral is on fire 4/15/19

That spire looks like a goner

UPDATE: Gone

Kudos to kenbuzz for the Milles Bornes reference, though.

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Re: Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral is on fire 4/15/19

So sad. I had to chuckle when the anchor noted how difficult it would be happening just a few days before Easter, as if there was a good time of year for an iconic 13th century cathedral to burn to the ground.
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I don't know how often something like this happens but when a fire breaks out in a historical site like this, do you approach it with the mindset of not adding to the damage to the structure or is the main/only concern putting out the fire even if your methods hurt the building (water damage; broken, priceless stained glass...etc)?
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Maybe drop some anti-fire material from above?
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So sad. I had to chuckle when the anchor noted how difficult it would be happening just a few days before Easter, as if there was a good time of year for an iconic 13th century cathedral to burn to the ground.
Yeah, a guest was commenting how you could see the spire historically as a marker then she cut herself of quickly and said, "Well, not anymore."
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Re: Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral is on fire 4/15/19

Wow, that's horrible!

These classic cathedrals are rare and beautiful, especially any in Europe that survived World War II. It's a terrible tragedy to lose this iconic, historic cathedral building. It's filled with artwork, archives, just tons of tangible artifacts of history literally in the building. And perhaps they can save or rebuild it in some way. Sounds like it may be challenging to get firefighting equipment and personnel there. No deaths reported, thankfully.

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I don't know how often something like this happens but when a fire breaks out in a historical site like this, do you approach it with the mindset of not adding to the damage to the structure or is the main/only concern putting out the fire even if your methods hurt the building (water damage; broken, priceless stained glass...etc)?
A coworker that is a volunteer firefighter said they may be keeping them away from a potential collapse zone. So sad.
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Wow, that's horrible!

These classic cathedrals are rare and beautiful, especially any in Europe that survived World War II. It's a terrible tragedy to lose this iconic, historic cathedral building. It's filled with artwork, archives, just tons of tangible artifacts of history literally in the building. And perhaps they can save or rebuild it in some way. Sounds like it may be challenging to get firefighting equipment and personnel there. No deaths reported, thankfully.

In the midst of despair, may there always be room for hope. Ultimately, a church not a building; a church is a people.

I hope Paris and France in general, make plans to rebuild it. There's a lot of generational artisans who would love to help and who might not have been approached in the past due to cosmetic repairs and their services were not needed, but now, it's all hands on deck.
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Re: Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral is on fire 4/15/19

Sad to hear.
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Guess they have to upgrade the current renovation project.
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Apparently the entire island is being evacuated, and fire and police are to leave as well.
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Apparently the entire island is being evacuated, and fire and police are to leave as well.
What? Fire too? They're just going to let it burn?
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That's what a CBS guest is reporting. Seems odd. They're afraid the flames will spread across the island.
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