Published: Thu, April 18, 2019

Notre Dame fire: What we know so far

Notre Dame fire: What we know so far

The devastating fire that engulfed the world-famous Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris has finally been put out, firefighters have announced.

A Twitter user who claims she took the heartwarming photo of a man swinging a little girl in front of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris an hour before a massive fire ravaged the historic cathedral is hoping she can find the man in the photo and share it with him.

After her tweet started gaining some traction on Twitter and people questioned her about the relationship of the little girl and the man, she followed up with a second tweet to clarify that she wasn't absolutely certain what the relationship between the two was.

"The Arnault family and the LVMH group, in solidarity with this national tragedy, are associated with the reconstruction of this extraordinary cathedral, symbol of France, its heritage and its unity", the company said. "Each time we have rebuilt them", he said.

What happened at Notre Dame?

Within just nine hours, the fire consumed much of a cathedral that took 100 years to build and stood witness to all revolutions, wars and upheaval in the City of Lights since 1345.

Peter Fuessenich, who oversees all construction work for the Gothic cathedral in the German city, told broadcaster RTL on Tuesday that "it will certainly take years, perhaps even decades, until the last damage caused by this awful fire will be completely repaired". Investigators have ruled out arson and terrorism. French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said there's a structural risk to the building and it will take weeks to rebuild. Firefighters said they saved the twin bell towers but the building's roof was destroyed. Authorities are examining whether the fire started on the roof, where the renovations were taking place.

The Holy Crown of Thorns and a sacred tunic worn by 13th-century French king Louis, two irreplaceable artefacts, were rescued. The cathedral was the inspiration for Victor Hugo's novel The Hunchback of Notre-Dame and draws 12 million tourists a year.

Notre Dame cathedral after the inferno was brought under control. "I've received messages from all over the world".

Crowds of people gathered Tuesday to see the damage to the iconic building.

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