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#1 Mike K.

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Posted 15 April 2019 - 09:53 AM

The famed Notre Dam has been engulfed in a massive fire.

Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo via Twitter: "A terrible fire is underway at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. The fire brigade are trying to control the fire. We are mobilized locally in close connection with church authorities. I ask everyone to respect the security perimeter."

The medieval cathedral was completed in the 13th century and today, with its towers, spire, flying buttresses and stained glass, is considered a feat of architecture as much as a religious symbol.

- https://www.cbc.ca/n...-fire-1.5098604

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#2 Nparker

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Posted 15 April 2019 - 09:54 AM

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#3 Nparker

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Posted 15 April 2019 - 09:57 AM

Some truly heart-breaking photos here.

 

 https://ottawacitize...hedral-in-paris



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Posted 15 April 2019 - 09:59 AM

Video has been posted to Twitter, some links here: https://twitter.com/...835898534543363


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Posted 15 April 2019 - 10:02 AM

The iconic spire has fallen  :(



#6 Mike K.

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Posted 15 April 2019 - 10:20 AM

A deleted tweet by American politician and journalist (Time Mag) Christopher J. Hale stated that a Jesuit acquaintance on the scene told him the fire was deliberately set. Hale later added that that’s an unsubstantiated rumour.

The cathedral has been undergoing significant renovations.

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#7 Mike K.

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Posted 15 April 2019 - 10:32 AM

...aaaand Trump weighs in:

“So horrible to watch the massive fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Perhaps flying water tankers could be used to put it out. Must act quickly!”

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Posted 15 April 2019 - 10:40 AM

For some context, France has been experiencing a spare of Catholic Cathedral attacks/vandalism/arson

https://www.newsweek...-statue-1370800

'France has seen a spate of attacks against Catholic churches since the start of the year, vandalism that has included arson and desecration.

Vandals have smashed statues, knocked down tabernacles, scattered or destroyed the Eucharist and torn down crosses, sparking fears of a rise in anti-Catholic sentiment in the country.

Last Sunday, the historic Church of St. Sulpice in Paris was set on fire just after midday mass on Sunday, Le Parisien reported, although no one was injured. Police are still investigating the attack, which firefighters have confidently attributed to arson.'

I'm afraid Coulter's law is in effect. The longer we have to wait to hear a cause the more likely it was Muslims.

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Posted 15 April 2019 - 10:48 AM

This is a real tragedy. The Cathedral began construction in 1160 and was completed in 1260

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#10 Mike K.

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Posted 15 April 2019 - 10:49 AM

There are plenty of ways the cathedral could have caught fire considering the renovation work that was underway on the roof, which is where the fire started. Renovations of old structures can easily lead to an inferno when hot objects touch old, super dry materials.

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#11 RFS

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Posted 15 April 2019 - 10:49 AM

One thing is for sure, this won't help ease any tensions in Paris.

#12 Mike K.

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Posted 15 April 2019 - 10:51 AM

Certainly not.

The entire world is losing a monument of civilization.
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#13 Nparker

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Posted 15 April 2019 - 11:07 AM

...The entire world is losing a monument of civilization.

This is why I am so saddened. Even if re-built, nothing can replace 9 centuries of history.



#14 Rob Randall

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Posted 15 April 2019 - 11:35 AM

Here' a photo we took March 30. Lots of security.

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#15 todd

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Posted 15 April 2019 - 11:38 AM

New York City Saint John’s Cathedral had a “crypt fire” yesterday: https://www.nydailyn...fapa-story.html

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Posted 15 April 2019 - 11:57 AM

Notre Dame and it's many artworks and artifacts (the entire place is a piece of art) is literally priceless. I can't believe it's likely destroyed. It survived the French Revolution and two world wars that almost destroyed Europe. What a shame.

 

I visited in 2003. It was being partially renovated then, too. 



#17 PraiseKek

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Posted 15 April 2019 - 01:24 PM

Apparently the fire is under control now and they've just about got it out



#18 Mattjvd

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Posted 15 April 2019 - 01:41 PM

French fire-fighters say the main structure has been saved, but the damage is substantial.

https://abcnews.go.c...ory?id=62411000

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Posted 15 April 2019 - 03:40 PM

I'm afraid Coulter's law is in effect. The longer we have to wait to hear a cause the more likely it was Muslims.


& not the gilets jaunes? they're the ones who have been causing problems recently. maybe this is just another plan bleu job.

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Posted 15 April 2019 - 03:42 PM

& not the gilets jaunes? they're the ones who have been causing problems recently. maybe this is just another plan bleu job.


If that was the case we'd have been told by now

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