Tragic burning of the Notre Dame


The Notre Dame Cathedral suddenly set ablaze in the evening hours.

Jack Morrell, Staff Reporter

After opening in the mid 14 century, the historical Notre Dame Cathedral unexpectedly caught fire during a Catholic mass in the evening hours of April 15, 2019.

The ceremony was interrupted by a fire alarm that many thought was a drill. Soon, people found out that the building was in much more danger than they expected. According to CNN, “Twenty-three minutes [After the first alarm]… a second alarm blared and the fire was visible at that point…” Several hundred firefighters rushed to the scene. After approximately two hours of highly destructive burning, the cathedral’s famed spire burned to a blackened shell before finally toppling, as thousands of citizens who had gathered in the streets watched in horror. Flames ripped through the Notre Dame in downtown Paris, France.

Several speculated what the root of the ignition was, and how it all started. The Gatestone Institute records, “Barely an hour after the flames began to rise above Notre Dame…the French authorities rushed to say that the fire was an ‘accident’ and that ‘arson has been ruled out.’” Due to its aged material, sources claim the fire started on the cathedral’s arched ceiling. The fire was eventually extinguished after nine hours.

In regards to rebuilding, French president Emmanuel Macron has vowed to rebuild the symbol of Paris within five years, according to BBC. In the meantime, however, plans are in motion to build a temporary wooden cathedral in the square outside to continue Catholic services. The idea has already earned the approval of the Paris mayor, Anne Hidalgo.

Before the fire even broke, the cathedral was already undergoing extensive restoration work. It is not yet clear if that might have caused the fire, or what the cause was.

Aside, the devastating nature of this fire has drove in millions of dollars in donations to help rebuild. This incident almost seemed inevitable to the people of Paris, but are currently invested in recreating a staple of European history.