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    Default Notre Dame Cathedral Fire

    Looking bad. Our thoughts are with the people of Paris.



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    Awful. Hope that at least it isn't arson. But were the rescue ressources good enough, since this could apparently be so comprehensive a fire? Hope they'll save most of the interiors and the windows.
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    This makes me really sad. The place where Magister Perotinus, one of my favorite composers, composed and presented his groundbreaking polyphonic pieces. A black day for art. Why beauty always has to be ephemeral?

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    Very bad indeed. The spire has collapsed. From the BBC:
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    A Notre-Dame spokesman, Andre Finot, says the cathedral's wooden interior is likely to be completely destroyed by the fire. "Everything is burning, nothing will remain from the frame," he told French media.
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    It's looking highly likely that there's nothing inside that can be saved. It also looks like Les pompiers are concentrating dousing efforts at the western end of the nave, to try and protect the two front towers, which contain the bells, all, I assume on an internal wooden structure.

    Absolutely heart-breaking scenes.

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    It's pretty much part of the heart of Paris (old and new).
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    Another report from the BBC says the Rose Windows (and presumably other stained glass windows) are likely to be destroyed if they haven't already been.



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    That rose window is on the southern transept, I believe, Ken. Not much chance of it surviving.

    Now reports of fire in the western towers....
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    This is an absolute tragedy. I was in it last year. So much history.
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    "French deputy interior minister Laurent Nunez has told reporters it is 'not certain' that the cathedral can be saved, according to news agency AFP."
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    "Firefighters at the scene have told Reuters news agency that all efforts are now being directed at saving artwork in the cathedral and preventing the collapse of its northern tower."
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    I think the reconstruction will become a national French project. They are already calling for funds and donations, but it will take many decades to complete it in this case.
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    After surviving all these centuries and two world wars, and now this. That's tragic.

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    Evening photo.

    But those few water cannons couldn't do much.

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    In a twitter discussion by a US professional firefighter, he says that the only effective way to fight a fire like this is from the interior. But that is pretty much impossible because of the danger of falling roof timbers, of which there is a huge amount. Many are probably bigger that 12X12s, truly massive, of a size and length difficult to replace from Europe’s much-reduced forests.



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    "Hundreds of firemen of the Paris Fire Brigade are doing everything they can to bring the terrible #NotreDame fire under control. All means are being used, except for water-bombing aircrafts which, if used, could lead to the collapse of the entire structure of the cathedral."

    French authorities via https://twitter.com/SecCivileFrance/...74924268376064

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    Glass windows gone https://twitter.com/NathyBachelier/s...98832593944576
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