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Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris caught fire Monday, causing firefighters to attack the blaze for nine hours before finally extinguishing it.
After the flames were dealt with, the church was left scarred, but most of it remained standing and appeared to be structurally sound, French officials told The New York Times.
Officials still need to “stabilize” the structure, though, to cover the “inherent [structural] weakness” left after the fire destroyed church’s trussed roof, Catholic University of America architecture professor James McCrery told The Daily Caller News Foundation.
The exact cause of the fire is still under investigation, but “nothing at this stage suggests a voluntary act,” Paris prosecutor Rémy Heitz said, according to TheNYT. The investigation into the fire involves roughly 50 investigators. (RELATED: People Fall To Their Knees In Prayer As They Watch Notre Dame Burn)
The fire destroyed the cathedral’s iconic central tower, added during the 19th century, which was under renovation. The fire also wiped out most of the church’s roof, which was covered in lead and supported by wooden beams, many of them from the original construction.
Un terrible incendie est en cours à la cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris. Les @PompiersParis sont en train de tenter de maîtriser les flammes. Nous sommes mobilisés sur place en lien étroit avec le @dioceseParis. J’invite chacune et chacun à respecter le périmètre de sécurité. pic.twitter.com/9X0tGtlgba
— Anne Hidalgo (@Anne_Hidalgo) April 15, 2019
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