Notre Dame blaze dies down, damage extent unknown

By Angel Chan

Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris

PARIS 17 April 2019: The massive blaze in Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris is under control, the Deutsche Presse-Agentur (DPA), quoted the French Interior Ministry as saying on Tuesday.

The next step was establishing how the edifice’s structure fared in the fire, Laurent Nunez, State Secretary in the Interior Ministry told French broadcaster BFM TV.

Architects and experts are to discuss how firefighters are to proceed Tuesday morning and whether the cathedral is stable, Nenuz added.

So far, the blaze has destroyed the cathedral’s roof and caused its Gothic spire to collapse, said Wam.

“Some 100 firefighters were still on the scene Tuesday morning,” added DPA.

Notre Dame Cathedral in the heart of Paris is known around the world and is one of the top tourist sites in the French capital, attracting millions of visitors every year. The cathedral is built on an island in the Seine river called Ile de la Cite.

The UNESCO World Heritage Site dates back to the middle of the 12th century.

Global Council for Tolerance and Peace expresses regret

ABU DHABI: The Global Council for Tolerance and Peace voiced regret on Tuesday following the massive fire at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.

The flames damaged the 12th-century cathedral, located in the heart of Paris, the previous day, sending shock waves across the world.

The cause of the fire is yet not revealed.

In a statement to wam, Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Jarwan, president of the Council said, the world is in shock and pain following this terrible incident which has damaged one of the most important historical and religious landmarks in the world. He relayed the Council’s solidarity with the government and people of France.

The Global Council for Tolerance and Peace attaches great importance to the preservation of historical monuments, such as the Notre Dame Cathedral, because of their cultural significance not only for the French people but also the world, Al Jarwan added.

Al Jarwan noted the concerted efforts by French authorities to control the fire, expressing his hopes that reconstruction efforts will be able to preserve the historical landmark.

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