Individuals line the streets of Paris close to Notre Dame Cathedral to sing prayers after the devastating fireplace.

PARIS — A large fundraising marketing campaign was being launched Tuesday to rebuild the Notre Dame Cathedral, hours after a large fireplace engulfed the enduring 800-year-old home of worship within the French capital.

The Paris Hearth Service introduced on Twitter that firefighters “got here to grips with” the blaze early Tuesday, greater than 9 hours after they started the hassle. It mentioned practically 400 firefighters had battled the inferno, and two policemen and one firefighter had been barely injured. 

Paris firefighters spokesman Gabriel Plus mentioned “the complete fireplace is out” and that emergency companies had been “surveying the motion of the buildings and extinguishing smoldering residues,” in keeping with media stories.

“The worst has been averted, though the battle is just not but completely received,” mentioned French President Emmanuel Macron who rushed to the scene of the blaze Monday. Saying the fundraising effort, he vowed to reconstruct the church. 

“We’ll rebuild this cathedral all collectively and it is undoubtedly a part of the French future and the venture we’ll have for the approaching years,” mentioned Macron.

French billionaire Francois Henri Pinault pledged $113 million in direction of reconstructing the cathedral, whereas fellow billionaire Bernard Arnault and his LVMH group pledged $226 million.

“The Arnault household and the LVMH group wish to present their solidarity at this time of nationwide tragedy, and are becoming a member of as much as assist rebuild this extraordinary cathedral, which is a logo of France, of its heritage and of French unity,” their assertion mentioned Tuesday.

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The Vatican mentioned Pope Francis was “praying for French Catholics and for the individuals of Paris in face of the horrible fireplace which has ravaged Notre-Dame cathedral,” the Agence France-Presse information company reported.


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The blaze collapsed the cathedral’s spire and unfold to considered one of its rectangular towers in a spectacle watched by throngs of horrified spectators. Nevertheless Paris Hearth Chief Jean-Claude Gallet mentioned the church’s primary construction had been saved after firefighters prevented the flames from spreading to the northern belfry. Gallet mentioned the emergency response had advanced right into a monitoring and clean-up operation. 

Salvage efforts had been underway to recuperate treasured artifacts, and metropolis prosecutors introduced they had been opening an investigation. Arson was dominated out as nicely as potential terror-related motives, officers mentioned. Officers mentioned the blaze may very well be linked to renovation work. The cathedral was within the midst of a $6.eight million renovation venture.

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo mentioned in a tweet that traditionally important artifacts and sacred objects had been saved from the hearth.

“Because of the @PompiersParis, the police and the municipal brokers,” Hidalgo tweeted, “the Crown of Thorns, the Tunic of Saint Louis and a number of other different main works are actually in a protected place.”

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The injury to the constructing, nonetheless, was intensive. “Two-thirds of the roofing has been ravaged,” Gallet mentioned.

It was a dramatic shift from earlier Monday when officers predicted the construction would burn to the bottom. 

“Every part is burning. Nothing will stay from the body,” Notre Dame spokesman Andre Finot had advised French media. The 12th-century cathedral is one of many world’s most well-known vacationer sights, immortalized by Victor Hugo’s 1831 novel “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.”

The blaze comes throughout Holy Week, an vital occasion for the Catholic Church with Easter days away.

Contributing: Jane Onyanga-Omara in London

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