Notre Dame Cathedral Fire Hits Home in Mount Carmel

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Bishop Patrick Chauvet acknowledged that the famed monument would close down for "five to six years" as he spoke with local business owners Wednesday, two days after a blaze torched the roof of the cathedral and brought down its spire.

Stored inside the rooster is one relic of St Denis, one of St Genevieve and one of the thorns from the crown that Jesus Christ wore at the Crucifixion. Other religious statues were removed last week from the cathedral roof as part of the restoration of the church's spire. The cathedral's famous 18th-century organ that boasts more than 8,000 pipes also survived.

A clear view to the sky can be seen through the space that once held St. Boniface Cathedral's large stained-glass window.

"Any fire in an historic building has the potential to be devastating", said Becky Clark, the Church of England's director of cathedrals and church buildings.

"The entire fire is out", declared Paris firefighters' spokesman Gabriel Plus, adding that workers were "surveying the movement of structures and extinguishing smouldering residues".

Mr Philippe promised "every euro paid for the construction of Notre-Dame will serve this goal and nothing else", while also announcing a tax reduction for those donating towards the reconstruction.

Almost $1 billion has already poured in from ordinary worshippers and high-powered magnates around the world to restore the fire-ravaged Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, after the French president set a controversial five-year deadline to get the work done.

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French President Emmanuel Macron visited the site on the River Seine Monday night.

"Nothing indicates this was a deliberate act", Heitz told reporters, adding that 50 investigators had been assigned to what he expected to be a "long and complex" case.

Germany and Poland were among the countries that offered assistance.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the NY archbishop, said New Yorkers were united in sorrow with Parisians, who can "count on our love, prayers, support and solidarity. Notre-Dame is part of the cultural heritage of mankind and a symbol for Europe", German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas wrote on Twitter.

Even so, repairing the cathedral - including the wooden beams that made up its roof - presents problems. "Nobody knows if it is a functioning state or will need to be restored", Bertrand de Feydeau, vice president of preservation group Fondation du Patrimoine, told AP. After the building suffered major damage to its roof and its spire collapsed, plenty of companies pledged to donate millions to restore the landmark. The cathedral was undergoing restoration works when the fire started.

Three women were arrested over the alleged terror plot, although they were thought to have been targeting a Paris railway station rather than the cathedral itself.

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