No Notre Dame deaths have been reported after the Monday fire at the Notre Dame Cathedral.
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According to the Paris police department, no deaths have been reported from Monday’s fire. The police department hasn’t said if people were injured.
The peak of the 12th century cathedral was undergoing a 6 million-euro ($6.8 million) renovation project when the cathedral fire started yesterday.
While the police in Paris say the cause of the massive fire enveloping the spire of Notre Dame Cathedral isn’t yet known, the Paris fire brigade say the Notre Dame cathedral cause of fire is “potentially linked” to the renovation work.
Located on the Ile de la Cite in the center of Paris, the Gothic cathedral is among the most famous from the Middle Ages and was built on the ruins of two earlier churches.
Reacting to the Paris fire, the Vatican issued a statement about the “terrible fire” that has “devastated” Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.
The Vatican said:
“The Holy See has seen with shock and sadness the news of the terrible fire that has devastated the Cathedral of Notre Dame, symbol of Christianity in France and in the world.”
The statement added that the Vatican is praying for firefighters “and those who are doing everything possible to confront this dramatic situation” on Monday.
It also expressed:
“our closeness to French Catholics and the population of Paris, and we assure our prayers for firefighters.
Authorities are investigating if renovation work on the cathedral’s fire was a factor in starting or spreading the fire.
On Thursday, 16 religious statues were removed from the peak for the first time in over a century to be taken for cleaning and therefore escaped the blaze.