Published: Wed, April 17, 2019
Culture&Arts | By Dora Pope

Watch the moment when Notre Dame's burning spire topples over

Watch the moment when Notre Dame's burning spire topples over

"What I remember is, walking towards the cathedral, was this ball of flame", he said. "And we can do it".

The Paris Prosecutor's office, which was investigating, said it was treating it as an accident.

"Rebuilding would be very tricky as some of the craft required to rebuild, the stain-making craft would probably have to be relearnt", Hiscox's Read said. The company said that it was "touched by the drama that brought together cultures and beliefs" in a statement released on its website.

Images from inside the cathedral Tuesday showed its huge walls standing proud, with statues still in place and a gleaming golden cross above the altar. The main part of the cathedral has been saved, but French authorities have warned parts of it could still be at risk of collapse.

Professor Peter McPhee, a specialist in French history at the University of Melbourne, said he feared "that the sheer heat of that fire may have chemically compromised some of the masonry" in the historic building.

US President Donald Trump relayed Americans' "condolences" to Macron over the fire, the White House said.

Hutsko says as firefighters were fighting the fire, members of this church fought to save as many items inside as they could.

More than 400 firefighters fought for 12 hours to bring the blaze under control.

The metal rooster which perched on the top of Notre Dame's spire was found in the rubble on Tuesday and appears to have been spared the worst of the fire.

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The exact cause of the blaze wasn't known, but French media quoted the fire brigade as saying it was "potentially linked" to a 6 million euro ($6.8 million) renovation project on the church's spire and its 250 tons of lead.

A public appeal for funds drew immediate support from French billionaires and other private donors, as well as from countries including Germany, Italy and Russian Federation, which offered expertise.

Energy firm Total promised 100 million euros ($113m), while cosmetics group L'Oreal and the Bettencourt family said they would donate 200 million euros ($226m).

Support came from outside France as well, with Apple chief Tim Cook announcing the tech giant would give an unspecified amount to help restore a "precious heritage for future generations".

Notre Dame had previously the site of a terror scare in 2016 when a auto carrying seven gas cylinders was found near the cathedral.

But experts had warned a full restoration will take many years.

"If it were me, I'd want the memory", she said.

Tourist Brooke Windsor was there moments before the flames started. Two police officers and a firefighter were slightly injured.

The artworks, which include relics such as the Christ's crown of thorns and French king Saint-Louis's 13th century tunic, were first moved to the city town hall and will now be transferred to the nearby Louvre Museum, the minister said.

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