Published: Tue, April 16, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris engulfed in flames

Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris engulfed in flames

Macron said a national fundraising campaign to restore Notre Dame would be launched Tuesday and he called on the world's "greatest talents" to help.

French President Emmanuel Macron has promised to rebuild Notre Dame Cathedral and says he is seeking worldwide help to restore the Paris landmark.

UNESCO said in a tweet it was "closely monitoring the situation and is standing by France's side to safeguard and restore this invaluable heritage".

Firefighters believe the blaze is "potentially linked" to the renovation work of the building, reports Le Figaro.

French President Emmanuel Macron was treating the fire as a national emergency, rushing to the scene and straight into meetings at the Paris police headquarters nearby.

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo says firefighters are trying to contain a "terrible fire" at the city's Notre Cathedral.

"All means are being used, except for water-bombing aircraft which, if used, could lead to the collapse of the entire structure of the cathedral".

The cathedral received the first of its major overhauls in the 19th century, when architects redid the iconic spire and added the flying buttresses, partially in response to neglect and damage caused by French revolutionaries.

On Twitter, Trump suggested using planes to drop water on the flames.

"Everything is burning, nothing will remain from the frame", Notre Dame spokesman Andre Finot told French media, according to the Associated Press.

Here are a few of the many social media posts documenting the fire.

Rising Democratic star, and presidential candidate Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind.t weeted: "I still remember the beauty of an Easter Mass I attended at Notre Dame cathedral some twenty years ago. Our thoughts and prayers are with the firefighters on the scene and all the people of Paris", Vice President Mike Pence tweeted. The emotion of a whole nation.

"I just went next door to our own beloved Cathedral, Saint Patrick's, to ask the intercession of Notre Dame, our Lady, for the Cathedral at the heart of Paris, and of civilization, now in flames!", Dolan wrote.

The Friends of Notre-Dame de Paris foundation was incorporated in 2016 to assist the French state and the Church in raising the millions of Euros needed to fund the extensive renovations.

Massive plumes of yellow brown smoke filled the air above Notre Dame Cathedral.

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