Published: Tue, April 16, 2019
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

'It is absolute sadness' - Footballers heartbroken by Notre Dame fire

Fox News' Neil Cavuto hung up on Catholic League president Bill Donohue on Monday when he refused to stop speculating that the catastrophic Notre Dame fire could be related to other recent attacks on Catholic churches in Paris.

French President Emmanuel Macron was treating the fire as a national emergency, rushing to the scene and straight into meetings at the Paris police headquarters nearby.

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"Notre Dame is our history, it's our literature, it's our imagery". The place where we survived epidemics, wars, liberation.

French media quoted the Paris fire brigade as saying the fire was "potentially linked" to a 6 million euro (£5.2 million) renovation project on the spire and its 500 tons of wood and 250 tons of lead.

Flames shot out of the roof behind the nave of the cathedral, among the most visited landmarks in the world.

One firefighter was injured, among some 400 who battled the flames for hours before finally extinguishing them. The extent of the damage is still unclear, but the reconstruction will likely take years.

Notre Dame's bell tower and main structure have also reportedly been spared.

With the fire that broke out Monday evening and quickly consumed the cathedral now under control, attention is turning to ensuring the structural integrity of the remaining building. Massive plumes of yellow brown smoke is filling the air above Notre Dame Cathedral and ash is falling on tourists and others around the island that marks the center of Paris.

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