BREAKING NEWS: Fire at Notre Dame Cathedral

See the moment Notre Dame’s spire falls


The fire at Notre Dame Cathedral “goes beyond Paris,” Archbishop Michel Christian Alain Aupetit told CNN.

“I received a supportive message from the chief rabbi of Paris. Everyone is writing in to share their feelings. This goes beyond Paris. People are reacting worldwide,” Aupetit said.

“The young people behind me show the power of faith, the power of a message of peace,” the Paris archbishop added.

While the cathedral’s two towers were saved, its spire collapsed in the massive blaze that engulfed the world-famous building. Watch the moment it came down here.

Archbishop: Fire “goes beyond Paris”

Archbishop of Paris Michel Aupetit, right, accompanies President Emmanuel Macron and other officials as he speaks outside Notre Dame Cathedral.PHILIPPE WOJAZER/AFP/Getty Images

The fire at Notre Dame Cathedral “goes beyond Paris,” Archbishop Michel Christian Alain Aupetit told CNN.

“I received a supportive message from the chief rabbi of Paris. Everyone is writing in to share their feelings. This goes beyond Paris. People are reacting worldwide,” Aupetit said.

“The young people behind me show the power of faith, the power of a message of peace,” the Paris archbishop added.

Turkish FM: Fire “a disaster for all humanity”

Bystanders look on as flames and smoke billow from the roof.FOUAD MAGHRANE/AFP/Getty Images

Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Turkey is following news of the fire at Notre Dame cathedral in Paris with “great sadness,” according to his official Twitter page.

“The destruction of this architectural masterpiece of world heritage is a disaster for all humanity,” Cavusoglu wrote in French on the social media site.

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Notre Dame’s roof structure — known as “the forest” — has been lost

Images from the cathedral’s website show the ancient wooden structures.From Notre Dame de Paris/Maurice Sully association

Notre Dame’s medieval roof structure, known as “the forest,” has been lost to the massive fire, according to Msgr. Patrick Chauvet, the rector of the cathedral.

“The framework from the 13th century is called a forest, because it required a forest of trees to build it,” he said.

The cathedral’s wooden frame, which primarily consists of oak, contains beams that date as far back as the first frame. It features trees cut down between 1160 and 1170, forming one of the oldest parts of the structure.

Most of the current frame dates from the year 1220, according to the church’s website.

According to the Notre Dame website, it’s one of Paris’s oldest frameworks. Learn more about the construction of the famous cathedral here.

Joe Biden tweets, says cathedral will “rise again”

Former vice president and potential 2020 Democratic hopeful Joe Biden tweeted his thoughts on the blaze, which consumed large sections of the cathedral.

“For centuries, Notre Dame Cathedral has withstood wars, revolutions, and the test of time,” the tweet reads, noting that the devastating fire occurred during Holy Week, the holiest week of the Catholic calendar. Biden calls it “a symbol of faith & a testament to history,” adding that he believes it will be reconstructed, to “rise again.”

Paris prosecutor opens an investigation into the Notre Dame fire

The Paris prosecutor’s office has opened an investigation into the devastating fire at Notre Dame Cathedral, a spokesperson told CNN on Monday.

Prosecutors will be investigating an “involuntary destruction by fire,” the spokesperson said.

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