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Notre-Dame de Paris fire
Wed, 2019-Apr-17 05:38 UTC
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With 350,768 views on Tuesday, 16 April 2019 our article of the day is Notre-Dame de Paris fire.

The Notre-Dame de Paris fire broke out in the roof of Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris on 15 April 2019, shortly before 18:50 CEST (16:50 UTC), causing severe damage to the building. The fire was extinguished the following day, fifteen hours later, but fire crews remained to identify and extinguish residual fires.

The cathedral's wood-and-lead spire and roof collapsed, and considerable damage was caused to the interior, upper walls, and windows, as well as to numerous works of art. The stone vaulted ceiling beneath the roof prevented most of the fire from spreading to the interior of the cathedral, saving the building from worse damage. Cathedral staff are working to assess damage to its interior features and religious artifacts.

President Emmanuel Macron promised the country would restore the cathedral and launched a fundraising campaign which brought in pledges of €800 million from several benefactors within 24 hours of the fire. It has been estimated the restoration work could last up to twenty years, though Macron publicly vowed that the work would be completed in five.

This recording reflects the Wikipedia text as of 05:38 UTC on Wednesday, 17 April 2019.

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