A colossal fire broke out at the iconic Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, France earlier today, 16 April
The fire began around 6.50pm local time (12.50am in Malaysia) and was finally controlled nine hours later at around 4am local time (10am in Malaysia).
During the entire ordeal, onlookers wept and watched in horror as the 850-year-old UNESCO world heritage landmark burned.
1. Investigations into the fire are ongoing, but it is believed that the fire started by accident
2. Over 400 firefighters were dispatched to battle the fire
The firefighters came from Paris and surrounding regions to battle the fire.
According to The Local, firefighters could be seen atop ladders pouring gallons of water onto the blaze and other unaffected parts, to stop the fire from spreading.
Dozens of fire engines and at least 18 high-pressure aerial hoses were involved in the process to contain the blaze.
One firefighter was also seriously injured from the fire.
3. The cathedral's spire was lost to the blaze, but firefighters managed to save its two towers and the main structure
About two-thirds of Notre-Dame Cathedral's oakwood roof - constructed in the 13th century - was also destroyed.
According to BuzzFeed News, Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo has said that most of church's artworks and religious relics were removed during the fire.
French president Emmanuel Macron said "the worst had been avoided" thanks to the hundreds of firefighters who worked tirelessly to battle the blaze, reported The Guardian.
4. President Macron has promised that an international fundraising campaign will be launched to rebuild the cathedral
"Notre Dame is our history, our literature, part of our psyche, the place of all our great events, our epidemics, our wars, our liberations, the epicentre of our lives ... So I solemnly say tonight: we will rebuild it together," President Macron said, reported The Guardian.
French billionaire François-Henri Pinault - the chairman and CEO of international luxury group Kering - also pledged 100 million euros (approximately RM465 million) towards the rebuilding fund.
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