This morning, fire crews appear to have a destructive blaze at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris under control.
Fifteen hours after the fire started, firefighters confirmed they’d put it out completely without having to declare the 850 year old structure a total loss as some had feared.
Fortunately it is not a total loss, some of the most iconic pieces of the cathedral have survived such as some of the rose stained glass windows.
— The Times of London (@thetimes) April 16, 2019
The fire completely destroyed the cathedral’s roof and the spire.
However, fire crews were able to keep the flames from consuming the two bell towers and the facade.
Police in Paris are questioning crews who were working on renovation of the Notre Dame Cathedral when Monday’s devastating fire broke out.
The Paris prosecutor’s office has opened an inquiry into what it’s calling involuntary destruction by fire.
That indicates prosecutors believe the cause of the fire was accidental, not criminal.
This week is Holy Week, when millions of Western Christians mark the death and resurrection of Jesus.
But as fire engulfed the Notre Dame cathedral, Catholics across the world reacted in horror and disbelief.
They were also able to save sacred relics such as part of the crown of thorns said to be worn by Jesus when he was crucified.
French President Emmanuel Macron has pledged to rebuild the 850-year-old cathedral.