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Notre Dame is on fire - looks bad 18:17 - Apr 15 with 3672 viewsMullet




Not looking hopeful at all now. That's gone up really quickly.
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Notre Dame is on fire - looks bad on 19:23 - Apr 15 with 1184 viewsGuthrum

Notre Dame is on fire - looks bad on 19:17 - Apr 15 by Bent_double

Where are the firefighters? Why aren't they putting it out?


It's a huge fire. The roof was wooden, probably very dry and went up extremely quickly. It's now all fallen into the church, so is difficult to get to.

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Notre Dame is on fire - looks bad on 19:24 - Apr 15 with 1179 viewsGuthrum

Notre Dame is on fire - looks bad on 19:21 - Apr 15 by Ryorry

Site is difficult to access, abutts river, almost on its own island I think?


It is on an island, the Ile de la Cite. The ancient centre of Paris.
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Notre Dame is on fire - looks bad on 19:25 - Apr 15 with 1170 viewsRyorry

Notre Dame is on fire - looks bad on 19:23 - Apr 15 by Guthrum

It's a huge fire. The roof was wooden, probably very dry and went up extremely quickly. It's now all fallen into the church, so is difficult to get to.


Makes you wonder what preventative measures were in place - you'd have thought the most stringent possible with no expense spared - but guessing any sprinkler system no match for the ferocity.

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Notre Dame is on fire - looks bad on 19:27 - Apr 15 with 1158 viewsSwansea_Blue

Horrible to see. It’s (was) an amazing building. Given it’s Notre Dame surely they’ll rebuild it, and presumably the stone work will largely be ok. Not to take away from that bit of history, but hopefully it’ll be back to it’s former glory one day.

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Notre Dame is on fire - looks bad on 19:28 - Apr 15 with 1156 viewsGuthrum

Notre Dame is on fire - looks bad on 19:25 - Apr 15 by Ryorry

Makes you wonder what preventative measures were in place - you'd have thought the most stringent possible with no expense spared - but guessing any sprinkler system no match for the ferocity.


It was desperately in need of renovation. Ironically, this appears to have happened due to an accident while work was taking place.

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Notre Dame is on fire - looks bad on 19:29 - Apr 15 with 1149 viewsvapour_trail

What a shame. Love that building, and that area of Paris.

It looks completely fcked unfortunately.

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Notre Dame is on fire - looks bad on 19:32 - Apr 15 with 1134 viewsRyorry

Notre Dame is on fire - looks bad on 19:24 - Apr 15 by Guthrum

It is on an island, the Ile de la Cite. The ancient centre of Paris.
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Bad enough for those of us who were tourists there once upon a time (myself in teens whilst an au pair there) - but you gotta feel for French people who are probably feeling their heart's been burnt to ashes.

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Notre Dame is on fire - looks bad on 19:32 - Apr 15 with 1126 viewsBloomBlue

What about the bells, have they saved the bells?
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Notre Dame is on fire - looks bad on 19:42 - Apr 15 with 1092 viewsSwansea_Blue

Notre Dame is on fire - looks bad on 19:32 - Apr 15 by Ryorry

Bad enough for those of us who were tourists there once upon a time (myself in teens whilst an au pair there) - but you gotta feel for French people who are probably feeling their heart's been burnt to ashes.


Yep. Agree and empathise with this 100%. Do we know if everyone got out too?

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Notre Dame is on fire - looks bad on 19:49 - Apr 15 with 1077 viewsbrogansnose

Notre Dame is on fire - looks bad on 19:28 - Apr 15 by Guthrum

It was desperately in need of renovation. Ironically, this appears to have happened due to an accident while work was taking place.


Speculating here but, it may be lead workers or roofers doing a hot melt. They would be highly likely to have inflammable items and welding gear on the go.



Edit; Truly an incredible shame.
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Notre Dame is on fire - looks bad on 19:53 - Apr 15 with 1053 viewsGuthrum

Notre Dame is on fire - looks bad on 19:49 - Apr 15 by brogansnose

Speculating here but, it may be lead workers or roofers doing a hot melt. They would be highly likely to have inflammable items and welding gear on the go.



Edit; Truly an incredible shame.
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Yes, that kind of thing is was what I'm guessing at. Or electrical.
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Notre Dame is on fire - looks bad on 19:55 - Apr 15 with 1042 viewsGuthrum

Notre Dame is on fire - looks bad on 19:42 - Apr 15 by Swansea_Blue

Yep. Agree and empathise with this 100%. Do we know if everyone got out too?


Reports say no deaths or serious injuries. Happened just after the cathedral closed for the day.

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Notre Dame is on fire - looks bad on 19:59 - Apr 15 with 1029 viewsGuthrum

Looks like one of the bell-towers is alight. Might be nothing saved.

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Notre Dame is on fire - looks bad on 20:02 - Apr 15 with 1013 viewsCheltenham_Blue

Notre Dame is on fire - looks bad on 19:17 - Apr 15 by Bent_double

Where are the firefighters? Why aren't they putting it out?


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Notre Dame is on fire - looks bad on 20:07 - Apr 15 with 991 viewsGlasgowBlue

Notre Dame is on fire - looks bad on 19:59 - Apr 15 by Guthrum

Looks like one of the bell-towers is alight. Might be nothing saved.


Very upsetting to watch on the news.

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Notre Dame is on fire - looks bad on 20:09 - Apr 15 with 986 viewsSwansea_Blue

Notre Dame is on fire - looks bad on 19:55 - Apr 15 by Guthrum

Reports say no deaths or serious injuries. Happened just after the cathedral closed for the day.


Good. Small mercies and all that.

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Notre Dame is on fire - looks bad on 20:30 - Apr 15 with 929 viewsEastTownBlue

Notre Dame is on fire - looks bad on 20:07 - Apr 15 by GlasgowBlue

Very upsetting to watch on the news.


Yes. An impressive, historic building disappearing before our very eyes.
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Notre Dame is on fire - looks bad on 20:37 - Apr 15 with 909 viewsjeera

Notre Dame is on fire - looks bad on 19:28 - Apr 15 by Guthrum

It was desperately in need of renovation. Ironically, this appears to have happened due to an accident while work was taking place.


Electric tools, cigarettes...

Dunno yet of course and unfair to speculate, but it did crop up on the radio earlier how old buildings are under more risk whilst renovation is going on.

Terrible shame. Hope enough of the main structure is saved to rebuild.

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Notre Dame is on fire - looks bad on 21:06 - Apr 15 with 822 viewsGlasgowBlue

Notre Dame is on fire - looks bad on 20:30 - Apr 15 by EastTownBlue

Yes. An impressive, historic building disappearing before our very eyes.


A building that survived the French Revolution and Nazi Occupation. All that history going up in flames.

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Notre Dame is on fire - looks bad on 21:18 - Apr 15 with 782 viewsGlasgowBlue

Wow!!!! I think I have some dust in my eye.


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Notre Dame is on fire - looks bad on 07:46 - Apr 16 with 596 viewsGuthrum

Pictures this morning seem to show that the stone vaulted ceiling has quite miraculously held up (mostly), thus preserving a lot of the interior. That's some good medieval craftsmanship there.

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Notre Dame is on fire - looks bad on 07:53 - Apr 16 with 596 viewschicoazul

Notre Dame is on fire - looks bad on 07:46 - Apr 16 by Guthrum

Pictures this morning seem to show that the stone vaulted ceiling has quite miraculously held up (mostly), thus preserving a lot of the interior. That's some good medieval craftsmanship there.


If one good thing comes out of all this it might be a quick reminder that modern architecture is almost all terrible and medieval/gothic/western European architecture is one of the very greatest of man's achievements.

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Notre Dame is on fire - looks bad on 08:02 - Apr 16 with 575 viewsGuthrum

Notre Dame is on fire - looks bad on 07:53 - Apr 16 by chicoazul

If one good thing comes out of all this it might be a quick reminder that modern architecture is almost all terrible and medieval/gothic/western European architecture is one of the very greatest of man's achievements.


But very labour intensive and limited in size of structure.

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Notre Dame is on fire - looks bad on 08:05 - Apr 16 with 573 viewschicoazul

Notre Dame is on fire - looks bad on 08:02 - Apr 16 by Guthrum

But very labour intensive and limited in size of structure.


Wellll......ok.

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Notre Dame is on fire - looks bad on 08:17 - Apr 16 with 548 viewsGuthrum

Notre Dame is on fire - looks bad on 08:05 - Apr 16 by chicoazul

Wellll......ok.


Not that I'm disagreeing on the aesthetic front.

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