CNN reported that the fire at the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris is too high for firefighters to reach by boat or truck.
The fire broke out at about 6:50 p.m. local time on Monday and the cathedral’s spire collapsed about an hour later.
It remains unclear how the fire started, but police said it could be “potentially linked” the renovations in the building.
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The fire at Notre-Dame’s Cathedral in Paris is so high on the building that firefighters are having trouble reaching it by boat and truck, CNN reported.
The fire broke out at about 6:50 p.m. local time and within the hour, the iconic cathedral’s spire had collapsed due to flames.
A church spokesman told French media that after the building’s spire collapsed the cathedral’s frame caught on fire.
Due to the height of the building, firefighters were having trouble putting out flames. Some firefighters were having difficulty getting to the scene of the blaze because of the rush-hour traffic, CNN reported.
Media: @CNN’s @Hadas_Gold and @MelissaBellCNN in #Paris confirm that although fire trucks, boats are at the scene the height of Notre Dame is more than they can handle. pic.twitter.com/EYDqa2XsV6
— Porter Anderson (@Porter_Anderson) April 15, 2019
Police have not reported any deaths and it’s unclear how the fires started. Social media users have shared photos of flames and smoke shooting from the cathedral’s roof.
The fire was “potentially linked” to renovations in the building, firefighters told Huffington Post France.
The cathedral was in the midst of a 6 million-euro ($6.8 million) renovation project on the spire, the Associated Press reported. That renovation was part of a larger $150 million euro ($169 million) restoration project. Just last week, more than a dozen statues …read more
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