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Firefighters Race to Control the Flames at the Notre Dame Cathedral

A popular tourist attraction and place of religious servitude went up in flames on Monday.

The Notre Dame cathedral, in Paris, France, was seen burning, as onlookers stood watching from the ground. And according to CNN, firefighters on the scene are having a difficult putting the flames out. Apparently, their ladders are too short to reach the flames from atop the building. Also, due to extreme rush hour traffic, it took firefighters a longer time than normal to reach the fire. Videos captured of the tragedy revel that the spire, and roof of the church, have been destroyed by the flames.

French President Emmanuel Macron released a statement on Twitter, reading, “Our Lady of Paris in flames. The emotion of a whole nation. Thought for all Catholics and for all French. Like all our countrymen, I’m sad tonight to see this part of us burn.” Because of the threat of fire, museum officials are fearful that much of the church’s artwork and architectural elements have been destroyed. Artwork in question would include pieces of the cross Jesus was crucified on, pieces of the thorned crown Jesus wore, and nails from the crucifixion.

Currently, there’s no word on what started the fire. However, there’s a reason to believe that restoration work being done to the church may have played a key part in starting the fire.

Thoughts? Do you think there’s a chance the artwork has survived the fire? Leave some comments below.

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