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Entire Roof, Famous Spire Collapse in Fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris

Entire Roof, Famous Spire Collapse in Fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris

Thankfully they have saved Notre Dame’s structure.

https://twitter.com/aletweetsnews/status/1117841293428822016

A fire has broken out at the historic Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France.

People have posted videos and pictures on Twitter of the horrific fire, which people can see from miles away. It seems like the fire continues to grow with every new posted picture.

*This is a breaking story. I will update as more information comes in…

*UPDAT 5:12PM ET

Both towers are safe at the cathedral, according to French Interior Secretary Laurent Nunez: “The fire is now weaker. We are now in a time of cooling but both towers of the cathedral are safe. We’re still working to save the cathedral’s work of arts.”

Parisians have come together and sang “Ave Maria” in the streets.

The fire seriously injured one firefighter. I haven’t seen reports of deaths or other injuries.

Thankfully, important artifacts like the Crown of Thorns believed worn by Jesus and a piece of the cross survived the fire.

Previous Reporting

Not only is it a Catholic church, but it has become regarded “as a feat of architecture” due to the stained glass and towers. Built in the 13th century, it has also become one of Paris’s top tourist attractions.

We do not know the cause, but it looks like it could have something to do with renovation. The Catholic Church in France asked for funds last year “to save the cathedral, which was starting to crumble.”

While they have tried to save the invaluable history inside the church, it’s unlikely “nothing will remain from the frame,” according to Notre Dame spokesman Andre Finot:

A spokesman for the cathedral said the whole structure was “burning”.

“There will be nothing left,” he said. “It remains to be seen whether the vault, which protects the cathedral, will be affected or not.”

The entire roof has collapsed.

I found a Newsweek article from March 21 about how people have desecrated Catholic churches in France. I really hope this is not the case at Notre Dame, but thought I should point this out:

Last Sunday, the historic Church of St. Sulpice in Paris was set on fire just after midday mass on Sunday, Le Parisien reported, although no one was injured. Police are still investigating the attack, which firefighters have confidently attributed to arson.

Built in the 17th century, St. Sulpice houses three works by the Romantic painter Eugene de la Croix, and was used in the movie adaptation of The Da Vinci Code, by Dan Brown.

Last month, at the St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Houilles, in north-central France, a statue of the Virgin Mary was found smashed, and the altar cross had been thrown on the ground, according to La Croix International, a Catholic publication.

Also in February, at Saint-Alain Cathedral in Lavaur, in south-central France, an altar cloth was burned and crosses and statues of saints were smashed. The attack prompted Lavaur Mayor Bernard Canyon to say in a statement: “God will forgive. Not me.”

And in the southern city of Nimes, near the Spanish border, vandals looted the altar of the church of Notre-Dame des Enfants (Our Lady of the Children) and smeared a cross with human excrement.

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Notre Dame is now looking more like modern France… what took centuries to build is turning to ash.

    Titan28 in reply to alaskabob. | April 15, 2019 at 3:21 pm

    alaskabob: sadly, yes. Perhaps the most iconic edifice in Paris, more so than the Arc or the Tower, which simply aren’t in the same league. We shall see where this leads, if it’s simply a careless accident or something else.

    I remember the old movie. “Is Paris Burning?”

    It is indeed.

      notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to Titan28. | April 15, 2019 at 3:34 pm

      TERRORISM?

      notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to Titan28. | April 15, 2019 at 3:42 pm

      RE: “Is Paris Burning?”

      Is Old Europe Burning?

      alaskabob in reply to Titan28. | April 15, 2019 at 4:10 pm

      ISIS tried in 2016… but considering the percentage of devout … eh… individuals in France and the other ..eh… incidents over the past years… I have a strong suspicion.

      It would take a nuke to take out St. Peters…. but no worries about a rogue nuke from old USSR, or newly minted in Iran or NK. sarc. Frankly, a nuke from “somewhere” would be better tested on Rome than Israel before attempting to use on Israel.

      JusticeDelivered in reply to Titan28. | April 15, 2019 at 7:38 pm

      I bet the Muslims campaign to build a mosque there. This is really suspicious.

Some are now predicting that nothing will remain standing. A total loss. Anyone want to bet that it won’t be replaced by a mosque. Or at least something that is funded by Islamic interests? I expect it will be replaced by something that professes “unity” but extinguishes the true historic significance of the cathedral.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to Pasadena Phil. | April 15, 2019 at 3:35 pm

    Mosque – my first thought after reading only a few words of your post Phil.

    There’s already been a book written “The Notre Dame de Paris Mosque”.
    “The Notre Dame de Paris Mosque is a dystopian novel written by Russian author Elena Chudinova. The novel takes place in 2048 in France, taken over and ruled by Muslim immigrants.” wikipedia
    I am hoping and praying this event will rattle the sleeping Christians in France and bring them to their senses and back to their faith! Time is short.

    JusticeDelivered in reply to Pasadena Phil. | April 15, 2019 at 7:40 pm

    I guess I should have read further down before posting.

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | April 15, 2019 at 3:39 pm

Hmmmmm……

6 Most Common Sources of Fire in Commercial Buildings

Cooking. Cooking is the most common cause of both residential and commercial fires. …
Electrical. When it comes to electrical fires, the problem is twofold: user error and electrical system malfunctions. …
Heating. …
Arson. …
Smoking. …
Combustibles.

https://pacificalarms.com/6-most-common-sources-of-fire-in-commercial-buildings/

Stomach turning.

DieJustAsHappy | April 15, 2019 at 3:49 pm

The Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of Saint Sava was terribly burnt. Basically, I think, only the walls remained. Yet, the faithful there are re-building out of the ashes.

I wonder, given the state of Christianity in Europe today, whether there is such a faithful community ready to re-build the Notre Dame Cathedral, or whether this event is a sign of what is ahead for Christians.

    Notre Dame took 100 years to build. I have never been to Paris, but have visited St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna built about the same time. These people had tremendous faith to work on a church they knew they would never live to see completed.

      DieJustAsHappy in reply to bw222. | April 15, 2019 at 4:34 pm

      Reminder and point well taken. I do wonder if there is such faith there in our present time. Then, again, this sad sight might awaken their consciousness and spur them to action.

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | April 15, 2019 at 3:59 pm

Interesting article you posted to Mary. Thanks

Catholic Churches Are Being Desecrated Across France—and Officials Don’t Know Why – Time Magazine, March 21, 2019

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital. | April 15, 2019 at 4:02 pm

    From that article:

    “……executive director, Ellen Fantini, told Newsweek that while in many cases the motive for the attacks was not known, France faced growing problems with anti-Christian violence, especially by anarchist and feminist groups.

    …. rising hostility in France against the church and its symbols,” but “it seems to be more against Christianity and the symbols of Christianity.

    “These attacks are on symbols that are really sacred to parishioners, to Catholics. Desecration of consecrated hosts is a very personal attack on Catholicism and Christianity, more than spray-painting a slogan on the outside wall of a church.”

    “The pressure is coming from the radical secularists or anti-religion groups as well as feminist activists who tend to target churches as a symbol of the patriarchy that needs to be dismantled,” she added.

    On February 9, the altar at the church of Notre-Dame in Dijon, the capital of the Burgundy region, was also broken into. The hosts were taken from the tabernacle, which adorns the altar at the front of the church, and scattered on the ground….

So there’s all this desecration of Churches across France, Notre Dame was a frequently named target of the extremists. Was there tightened security at the cathedral? If so – why wasn’t the fire found early enough to extinguish? If not – wtf?

Even if this incident is not a result of terrorism, I submit that the picture of Notre Dame on fire presents a perfect visual metaphor for the ongoing phenomenon of perpetual, cowed dhimmitude evinced by Europe’s politicians, vis-a-vis the ideology of “Submission,” and, the concomitant collapse of secular democracy and the values of the Enlightenment, under the goose-stepping bootheel of supremacist and totalitarian Islam.

    alaskabob in reply to guyjones. | April 15, 2019 at 4:55 pm

    Will this be Paris’s “9-11”?

      JusticeDelivered in reply to alaskabob. | April 15, 2019 at 7:51 pm

      I suspect that this is just a prelude to France’s 9-11. America needs to relieve France of their nukes, to prevent them from falling in the hands of Muslims.

      No.
      They saved so much on the bid for this restoration…
      That they just couldn’t pass up a Million or two in savings.
      Yeah, I’d hate to be the bonding agency right now.

Am I missing something or are there no helicopter drops of water on fire? All I see are a few streams from the ground. Trump mentioned about air drops and frankly anything would be helpful.

    DieJustAsHappy in reply to alaskabob. | April 15, 2019 at 5:25 pm

    There are two aspects that I came across concerning an airdrop. One had to do with the waterproof construction of the roof (it was hindering the firefighters) and also a fire chief negated an air drop due to the dangerous nature of doing so.

    I attempted to backtrack to locate where I read this, but, alas, the grey cells aren’t what they used to be. So, I must qualify the above point by stating that I could be mistaken in relating them.

buckeyeminuteman | April 15, 2019 at 5:02 pm

Notre Dame of Paris is the most famous of the French Gothic cathedrals because Paris is so populated and gets so many tourists. There are dozen of massive, beautiful cathedrals across France that are comparable. Chartres is, I think, more grand. Lyon, Reims are also beautiful. St Denis, the burial church of the French kings of old, is simple on the outside but amazing inside. I’ve never been to France but have been to some beautiful cathedrals in Germany. The National Cathedral in DC is also incredible. Terribly sad to see the devastation. Glad Notre Dame in Paris is not the only surviving example though.

“Thankfully they have saved its structure”???

STONE doesn’t burn! DUH

    DieJustAsHappy in reply to Granny. | April 15, 2019 at 5:41 pm

    True, Granny. However, with the size of this fire stone could get mighty, mighty hot. Water added to the mis could cause it to split. Also, there was the concern of the impact on mortar of high-pressure water hitting it.

    Another concern was the arches that if they went might cause the walls to collapse.
    Thankfully, it now appears that some of these early concerns did not happen.

    tom_swift in reply to Granny. | April 15, 2019 at 5:42 pm

    Roofs do.

    The structurally interesting feature of medieval cathedrals is that the weights of the roof and the buttresses balance each other. That’s why the buttresses are there. Without the roof, the buttress will push the walls inward and the whole thing is likely to collapse. They probably won’t even let anyone in to examine the damage lest it all collapse at an inopportune time.

Notre Dame survived two world wars, but apparently, it cannot survive the Vandals currently overrunning Europe.

Now what kind of Ilhan Islam would do such a thing to such a nice structure? Tsk, tsk, I sure hope that those peaceful, day camping Muslims aren’t going to be discriminated against, just because they happen to be in town.

    JusticeDelivered in reply to NotKennedy. | April 15, 2019 at 7:58 pm

    We all know what kind, Mohammad did a very good job of instilling his values in those who were dull enough to follow him.

Joey Williams | April 15, 2019 at 6:18 pm

There’s no way of knowing just what happened yet, but to me, one thing is very disturbing – the timing.

Today is the first day in “Holy Week”, with Easter coming up on Sunday.

What are the odds that of any given week to have a fire, it would be Holy Week?

And, how is it that the fire was in a location where it [apparently] had lots of time to spread and get totally out of control?

So maybe “some people did something”?

Officials are now saying that that 75% of the structure will be saved.

And it’s just before Easter. High mass on Easter which full choir and great organ at Notre Dame must be an impressive spectacle. I attended a Sunday service there on a trip and it was packed. They feature the great organ which is really something.

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | April 15, 2019 at 7:31 pm

A horrific historic and cultural loss. The 850 year old architectural masterpiece is a central monument to the Catholic faith. A spokesman said the entire wooden frame of the cathedral has come down, and the vault of the edifice could be threatened too. ‘Everything is burning, nothing will remain from the frame,’ Notre Dame spokesman Andre Finot told French media. – Posted The Last Refuge approximately at 4:15pm

    Yep, all too real, and it makes perfect sense — he hates Trump and what he represents, so his natural instinct, regardless of the mood of the room, is to attack him. Despite his ridiculous claptrap about Judeo-Christianity, to Ben Shapiro, that cathedral was just a funny looking old building. It meant nothing to him. That fire meant no more to him than seeing an apartment block burn somewhere in Los Angeles.

    One can only hope that eventually his inability to pipe down and shut up while his target audience mourns the passing of their heritage will be a turning point in the Cult of Ben Shapiro.

So… are you trying to tell me this was not a Union Project???

One thing for sure. The GoFundMe for reconstruction is going to be Yuge….

Hire a pack of Muslims to rebuild a Catholic Church…

I hope the reports they’ve saved the artifacts are real. It seems like the fire was barely contained and they’re making these statements.

I think it’s pretty obviously arson, probably of the Religion of Peace variety. Modern building projects have so much fire suppression around that the speed and scale of this blaze make no sense if it were just some smoldering rags that caught fire.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to randian. | April 16, 2019 at 9:24 am

    April 15th is the date of the Boston Marathon Bombing,
    and there is a cult that loves to do things on the same dates.

Around the planet the forces of evil have been and will continue to attack by fire and by destruction any monuments or places of religion or cultural significance related to historical or cultural, especially the culture of Western civilization. In very recent times such attacks in the USA, France, the UK, Brazil, and other places wherein museums, national monuments, and sacred venues exist have been and increasingly are targets. Preparedness and watchfulness are essential.

There was an interesting mini-series “The Pillars of the Earth” which seemed semi-factual about the trials and tribulations of building back then. Gravity is not your friend. While Chartes is impressive, so are the airship buildings on the West Coast.

There is a difference the Church and the Church Building.

Sadly the Church Building that was in need of renovation before the fire reflected the state of the Church that needed renovation/reformation/revival. The Church in Europe has comforted to the world rather than being an influence on the world to be more Christ-like.

    CaptTee in reply to CaptTee. | April 16, 2019 at 1:41 pm

    It is a shame (to the Church) that the millions of visitors were coming to see the Church Building rather than the Church!

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | April 16, 2019 at 6:07 pm

FYI

Notre Dame inferno, criminal investigation begins

French police have launched a criminal investigation into the Notre Dame fire.

https://www.ntnews.com.au/news/world/notre-dame-inferno-criminal-investigation-begins/video/2b9a751cf8b9a32b74e45702099593a0

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | April 16, 2019 at 9:57 pm

Ace of Spades
…..a map of the church’s vandalized in France last year. It is breathtaking.

Below the fold is a map of the church’s vandalized in France last year. It is breathtaking.

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