The Notre Dame Cathedral, one of the most iconic landmarks in the French capital, was engulfed in flames Monday evening as a catastrophic fire tore through the historic structure, collapsing its spire as fire officials raced to save the monument from total destruction.
The Paris fire department declared Tuesday morning that “the entire fire is out”, after nearly 400 firefighters took part in a 9-hour effort to combat the flames.
“The structure of the cathedral is saved and the main artworks have been safeguarded, thanks to the combined actions of different state services,” it said.
French President Emmanuel Macron vowed to rebuild the cathedral, and said he will seek international help to do so.
He said a national fundraising campaign would be launched on Tuesday and called on the world’s “greatest talents” to assist in the effort.
“We will rebuild,” Macron told reporters. “We will rebuild Notre Dame because this is what the French expect, because this is what our history deserves, because it is our destiny.”
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