A massive fire consumed Notre-Dame Cathedral on Monday, gutting the roof of the Paris landmark and stunning France and the world, but firefighters managed to save the shell of the stone structure and its two main bell towers from collapse. Flames that began in the early evening burst rapidly through the roof of the eight centuries-old cathedral and engulfed the spire, which toppled, quickly followed by the entire roof. The 850-year-old Gothic building’s spire and roof have collapsed.
Sections of the cathedral were under scaffolding as part of the extensive renovations and 16 copper statues had been removed last week. Officials say the fire could be linked to the renovation work that began after cracks appeared in the stone.
President Emmanuel Macron called it a “terrible tragedy”. The cause of the fire is not yet clear. The world is currently mourning the loss of the gorgeous cathedral.
In a statement sent to AFP the CEO of the Kering group, which owns Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent fashion houses, the French billionaire Francois-Henri Pinault pledged 100 million euros ($113 million) on Monday towards the rebuilding of Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, which was partly gutted by a devastating fire.