Fire at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris

By: Jennifer Enriquez

It took two hundred years to build and 10 minutes to burn.  On April 15, 2019, an electrical fire broke out beneath the roof of Notre-Dame Cathedral (b.1163) in Paris, France. By the time the proper authorities and fire crew were released, the cathedral had suffered 15 hours of intense damage.  Most of the building’s roof and spires burned or were destroyed. Thankfully, many works of art and priceless treasures were relocated before the fire reached them.  Luckily, there were no human casualties. Because houses of worship at the time were built to burn, firefighters had difficulties putting out the fire due to its intensity.  President Emanuel Macron vowed the cathedral would be restored, a fundraising campaign has started with pledges in the billion dollar range. The estimated time for restoration is set a 20 years. The cause of this fire remains unknown.

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