Tragic Fire Leaves the World Stunned

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Tragic Fire Leaves the World Stunned

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Miranda Serrano, Staff Writer

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  On Monday April 15, the beloved Notre Dame Cathedral that was under construction for renovations caught fire. The Notre Dame was a historical figure to all.  Having survived the French Revolution and both World Wars, it became a trademark of Paris, France. It was filled with artifacts and art even more more than the building itself, becoming a museum of sorts.

At the time of the fire the cause was unknown and the firefighters were preoccupied with the raging flames. After more than 12 hours of fire burning through the 850 year old building, firefighters were able to get it under control. The residents of Paris all watched as the building smoked throughout the night, weeping at the landmarks untimely demise.

     After some analysis of the fire and origin, specialists cite the elevator beneath the spire. Early speculation is that it  had short circuited and sparked the flame, eventually leading to the spire’s collapse. The building’s woodwork of thick oak beams that make up majority of the cathedral did not aid it, for the ceiling beams had burned drastically and so quickly workers feared the roof would cave in. Along with the the roof, large rocks were falling off the building, necessitating streets to be cleared for safety’s sake.

    After the blaze, in less than a day over $1 billion dollars in donations had been raised for the costs of rebuilding the treasured cathedral. Ecstatically, the cathedral can hopefully be rebuilt with the aid of the donations so that future generations can continue to enjoy the majesty that is Notre Dame.