Notre-Dame cathedral: Firefighters tackle blaze in Paris

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A fire has broken out at the famous Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris.

The cause of the blaze was not immediately clear, but officials say that it could be linked to renovation work.

Images on social media show plumes of smoke billowing into the air above the 850-year-old Gothic building.

Last year, the Catholic Church in France launched an urgent appeal for funds to save the cathedral, which was starting to crumble.

A major operation is under way to tackle the blaze, which broke out on Monday afternoon. An area surrounding the building in central Paris has been cleared, officials said.
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The mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, described it as a "terrible fire" and urged people at the scene to respect the boundaries set up by fire crews in order to ensure that they remain safe.
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I'm no fan of the French but that's a pretty sickening sight.
 
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Saw a few videos of this just a minute ago and it looks pretty bad. Fire burning up the roof structure and not sure how much damage to the immediate stone structure, but all that heat will have an effect on it's stability.
 
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Beautiful cathedral...hope it won't be too damaged.

Though they had tons of fires there in the past, the ceilings are practically black from when they burned stuff inside
 

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What's the biggest building fire you ever attended, gumbo?

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I'm no fan of the French but that's a pretty sickening sight.

Looks like we both posted about the same time. It could very well be a terrible loss to the people of France. The videos I saw showed the fire through the roof and looking like it was fully engulfed. The problem being, once the fire is out, just how much damage to the stone structure will be incurred and will it be able to withstand rebuilding without major overhaul. That amount of heat can do serious damage to stone and weaken the walls considerably.
 
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What's the biggest building fire you ever attended, gumbo?

:hat

As far as commercial buildings, a high rise with a couple floors involved. More worrisome to me were the ship fires in the engine rooms when you have to get down to the bowels of the ship to extinguish them. You are below the water line by then and the only way out is the way you got there. If the fire gets behind you, it could be nasty.
 
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Looks like we both posted about the same time. It could very well be a terrible loss to the people of France. The videos I saw showed the fire through the roof and looking like it was fully engulfed. The problem being, once the fire is out, just how much damage to the stone structure will be incurred and will it be able to withstand rebuilding without major overhaul. That amount of heat can do serious damage to stone and weaken the walls considerably.
Ah, I had a quick scan to see if anyone had posted and didn't see anything, mods can merge threads if need be ... it's a terrible loss to everyone really, an iconic 800 year old structure and symbol of Europe having original parts of its structure destroyed and having to be replaced (if it can) with new.

I hate seeing stuff like this, you can never really replace it.
 

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:lol::lol::lol: Youre absolutely fucking obsessed...seek help.
This is thread-relevant. One of the world's great historical buildings is being destroyed before the world's eyes. The leader of the crew world weighs in, and embarrasses himself. You got anything to say about the fire?

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On a more serious note. How come it's always roof work and welding that always causes these large fires? I of course get how fires can start and get out of control but it's like no one ever takes those dangers seriously enough to actually put in some safeguards