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Notre Dame Cathedral on Fire
News Bytes 04/15/2019 52 Comments

UPDATE: A massive fire engulfed the roof of Notre Dame Cathedral in the heart of the French capital Monday, toppling its spire and sending thick plumes of smoke into the sky.

A spokesman said the entire wooden frame of the cathedral would likely come down, and that the vault of the edifice could be threatened too.

"Everything is burning, nothing will remain from the frame," Notre Dame spokesman Andre Finot told French media. The 12th-century cathedral is home to valuable works of art and is one of the world's most famous tourist attractions.

The cause of the catastrophic blaze was not known, but French media quoted the Paris fire brigade as saying the fire is "potentially linked" to a $6.8 million renovation project on the church's spire. Paris police said there were no reported deaths.

French President Emmanuel Macron postponed a televised speech to the nation because of the stunning blaze and was going to the Cathedral himself.

French historian Camille Pascal told BFM broadcast channel the fire was destroying "invaluable heritage."

"It's been 800 years that the Cathedral watches over Paris," Pascal said. "Happy and unfortunate events for centuries have been marked by the bells of Notre Dame."

PREVIOUS REPORT: Firefighters are battling a “terrible fire” at Paris’ famous Notre Dame Cathedral, says the city’s mayor Anne Hidalgo. French President Emmanuel Macron has postponed a televised speech to the nation because of the massive fire enveloping the beloved landmark.

Flames are shooting out of the roof behind the nave as well as through the roof of the transept on one side. The sight stopped pedestrians in their tracks along the Seine River, which passes under the cathedral.

Authorities say the fire could be linked to renovation work. The peak of the church has been undergoing a 6 million-euro ($6.8 million) renovation project.

It’s unclear at this time whether anyone has been hurt in the fire.

(Flames and smoke are seen breaking through the roof of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France, on Monday, April 15, 2019. AP Photo)

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First Comment!

Ohno!! I really hope they get this under control. It would be terrible if such a famous thing completely burns down.


thats insane ( YAY FIRST COMMENT)



this says that 300-foot spire collapse
All the way from the 12th century so much history down the drain

I was heartbroken about this,

I was heartbroken about this, I literally cried when I heard about it. That might seem weird, but the Middle Ages means so much to me, and if they don't fix this... That's a huge, beautiful piece of history gone forever. Let's pray that they get the fires under control and that no one gets hurt.

oh no

oh no

is this happaning NOW!!??

at this present moment is Notre Dame Cathedral of fire?!!! oh I hope they fix this soon and get the fire out!!!! all that smoke is not good for people or animals!
But we must remember everything that happens is in the Lords control. we must always remember that.....

Oh no!! I hope they get

Oh no!! I hope they get things under control!!

True, Nadia!!

True, Nadia!!

@ Nadia A.

Yes, this is happening right now.


The fire is happening right now.


thanks LOGAN M

That's horrible! I hope they

That's horrible! I hope they can get it under control!

Elsie (Emelias sister)

I heard about this!!! There was an article on Instagram. Soooo sad. This building was so old!!!

I read online that they were

I read online that they were able to save the edifice and two bell towers. It is not a total loss. The ceiling, or at least part of it collapsed and the spire fell, but the stained glass windows and at least some of the artwork was saved. Also, the fires are completely out. WORLDteen will probably have an update later, just wanted to let you guys know. Notre Dame cathedral has survived rough things before. I think it will make it through. After all, it's survived this long... I see no reason why now would be any different.


How did the fire start????

Garrett v

I think it is so sad that such a historic place burned down like that it would be so sad if all the art had burned luckily they were able to save some of the pieces of art. #usedgrammerley

thank you logan m and aslyssa s

I saw this on the news last night i watched the steeple fall!! : (

@ Leah P

tank for the update!

Is the Notre Dame the

Is the Notre Dame the cathedral that Michelangelo painted in, or is that somewhere else? I can't remember!!!!! Does anyone know?

TO above

no. I think that is this one . .I THINK DON'T QUOTE ME ON IT!

TO above

jup i think it is!!


we studied this in school for social studies today

I don't think so cause that's

I don't think so cause that's St. peters basilica not Notre dame


to G L

Michelangelo's paintings

I believe Michelangelo painted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, in the Vatican, but he also designed the dome of St. Peter's.

this is crazy!

my gradparents were going to Notre Dame in when they go to Paris now they can't because of it. is so sad that it burned down it will take years before it is completely rebuild!

i wish.

i wish they could have stopped it before it the priceless artifacts before it burnt to the ground!

@ G L

Michelangelo painted the Sistine Chapel

I heard on KTIS this morning

I heard on KTIS this morning that it will take fifteen years to rebuild it.

that stinks poor France hope

that stinks poor France hope they fix it


They got most of the stuff out

Lily ( Thia's sister)

@ Bethsarah G the whole thing did burn down. So sad

TO above

No it didn't!!!! read the articul! : D

Lily ( Thia's sister)

@ Nadia A. Nadia The whole thing almost burned down my dad was keeping us updated and almost the whole thing burned down. I am not saving that WORLD TEEN gave us false information but there was barely any thing left. Oh and Nadia A check out my latest update on the waterfall article. It is really funny. :-)

Peace out Yo

TO above

ok i will. and we all have our oun opinions (not saying your rong)

To Everyone!!

Happy resurrection day!!!! Christ is Risen TO DAY!! Alle-luia!!!


This is terrible, I really hope they are able to fix the broken parts.

YO! STARWARS FANS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

if you get the magazines from this company read the lightsaber section the article on here for it should come out sometime in May

TO above

hugh I dont understand?


Okay! I like Star Wars but I don't really like the three newest ones. I like the first 6 the best

Star Wars

everybody ALWAYS mixes my name up with Princess Leia....... Not my favorite movie on the planet...

Nadia A

in the world teen magazine it said that light sabers are going to be in the Olympics ( light sabers are from star wars and the section for it on here should come out sometime in May)

Emelia G

i have not watched the last three but I have watched all but one of the originals

about the magizine

oh my mom forgot to renew the magizine and we mised it i am really upste that i msissed the World teen articuls that were in the magazine!!!! ok now i understand!!

Nadia A

ok good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

To above

Michelangelo painted the Sistine Chaple ceiling.

I watched a video. I was so

I watched a video. I was so sad when the tall top fell off. While all this was happening tons of people had gathered and then they all started to sing. I was a sad video. (And the sad singing didn't help)

To Above

:-( oh........:'(

2 pgs?

2 pgs?


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