NEW: Main Structure of Notre Dame Saved From Total Destruction – Two-Thirds of Roof Destroyed
Holy Week Horror.
French firefighter officials are saying the main structure of Notre Dame has been saved from total destruction.
A fire engulfed the Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris Monday evening — people around the world watched in horror as the iconic spire collapsed.
AP reported: Notre Dame spokesman Andre Finot told French media the entire wooden interior of the building is ablaze and will burn: “Everything is burning, nothing will remain from the frame.”
Also according to the Associated Press, firefighters and other first responders were working to salvage art and other priceless pieces stored inside of Notre Dame.
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Parisians were seen praying and singing ‘Ave Maria’ as they watched Notre Dame burn.
Pretty much anything that can be said about the tragedy unfolding is captured in some way by this video of Parisians singing Ava Maria as they watch Notre Dame burn pic.twitter.com/CpsDHcWomG
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According to CNN, Laurent Nunez, secretary to interior minister told reporters that both towers of Notre Dame “are safe.”
“The fire is now weaker. We are now in a time of cooling but both towers of the cathedral are safe. We’re still working to save the cathedral’s work of arts,” Nunez told reporters at the scene.
One firefighter has been seriously injured, said Paris Fire Brigade commander general Jean-Claude Gallet. Gallet said that two-thirds of the roof has been destroyed.