Notre-Dame fire: Paris official says cathedral's main structure 'saved and preserved', blaze 'decreasing' in intensity

The main structure of Notre-Dame cathedral in central Paris has been saved after hours of fire-fighting to put out a devastating blaze, the city's top fire official said late Monday.

FP Staff April 16, 2019 08:10:26 IST
Notre-Dame fire: Paris official says cathedral's main structure 'saved and preserved', blaze 'decreasing' in intensity
  • aris fire brigade chief Jean-Claude Gallet told reporters outside the cathedral that the main structure had been saved

  • He added that it appeared that the two main towers of the building had now been saved

  • He said that the main task now was to cool the temperature inside the cathedral

Paris: The main structure of Notre-Dame cathedral in central Paris has been saved after hours of fire-fighting to put out a devastating blaze, the city's top fire official said late Monday.

NotreDame fire Paris official says cathedrals main structure saved and preserved blaze decreasing in intensity

Sparks fill the air as Paris Fire brigade members spray water to extinguish flames as the Notre Dame Cathedral burns in Paris. Reuters

"We can consider that the main structure of Notre-Dame has been saved and preserved," Paris fire brigade chief Jean-Claude Gallet told reporters outside the cathedral, adding it appeared that the two main towers of the building had now been saved.

He said that the main task now was to cool the temperature inside the cathedral, a procedure that would take several hours.

Deputy Interior Minister Laurent Nunez, also present at the scene, said that for the first time "the fire had decreased in intensity" while still urging "extreme caution".

He defended the fact that water-bombing planes had not been used, as urged in a tweet notably by US President Donald Trump, saying that such action would have posed a "major danger" for the structure.

Updated Date:

also read

Why we can’t curb global warming by just focusing on carbon emissions
World

Why we can’t curb global warming by just focusing on carbon emissions

A developing country using coal to pursue the path of development is justifiable and should not be equated with the West’s high carbon emission model just to maintain its luxurious lifestyle

Mauricio Pochettino says he's 'happy' at PSG despite interest from Manchester United
Sports

Mauricio Pochettino says he's 'happy' at PSG despite interest from Manchester United

United sacked Solskjaer on Sunday after a run of one win in seven Premier League games, but stated their intention to wait until the end of the season before naming a permanent successor.

Ligue 1: Lionel Messi scores first league goal for PSG, Rennes beat Montpellier
Sports

Ligue 1: Lionel Messi scores first league goal for PSG, Rennes beat Montpellier

Lionel Messi struck his first goal in Ligue 1 on Saturday as Paris Saint-Germain overcame a red card for goalkeeper Keylor Navas to defeat Nantes 3-1.