Trump says “looks like it’s burning to the ground”. France has been ravaged by church vandalism lately, though this one is being called an “accident”…
Don’t worry folks, the fire is an accident:
A major operation is under way by Paris firefighters after a blaze broke out at the historic Notre Dame Cathedral. Police said the fire began accidentally and was linked to building work at the site
Either way, Notre Dame Cathedral is on fire and burning.
Possibly to the ground:
— Patrick Galey (@patrickgaley) April 15, 2019
President Trump is speaking about the fire:
— Bloomberg TV (@BloombergTV) April 15, 2019
But there is something uneasy about all of this. Specifically, France has been the victim of a number of church fires and vandalism over the past month.
Once month ago:
10 Catholic churches across France attacked in one week https://t.co/oPpdvBzKYD
— Jack Posobiec º¸ (@JackPosobiec) April 15, 2019
The cathedral engulfed in flames:
After my last tweet, I got a couple DMs asking firefighting related questions about the #NotreDameFire.
I -like most of you- are watching from a world away. But if you’re interested in some profession specific things I’d note/be concerned of, you can follow this thread. pic.twitter.com/golMnbYsDK
— Gregg Favre (@GreggFavre) April 15, 2019
Getty Images from the Notre Dame Cathedral fire in Paris: pic.twitter.com/IhrpO16rsG
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) April 15, 2019
Patryk Bukalski was at a café near the Notre Dame cathedral when he started smelling smoke.
“A bartender said the Notre Dame is on fire, so I left and saw this horrible picture,” he told CNN over Instagram, where he posted a video of the burning cathedral.
He said people are standing outside, just watching and crying. “It’s horrible. It’s a symbol of Paris,” Bukalski said. “It’s just sad. I don’t know what more to say.”
At the scene: It is eerily quiet. Hundreds of people are lining the Seine watching the fire, but they are silent. Police have pushed people back, even telling residents they can’t go to their homes.
“In Paris, it’s a monumental symbol — every person with different religions are really moved and saddened,” said another witness named Anne Marie, speaking with tears in her eyes.