Notre Dame de Paris, consumed by fire

Editorial Dept. Voz de la Diaspora

The historic Parisian cathedral of Notre Dame went up in flames on Monday, since starting a fire, which it may have started because of the restoration work being carried out on the roof of the old structure.

The fire that has lasted more than three hours and started at about 6:30 pm, local time, You not have much information, and so far the causes are unknown, as he reported by the Spanish newspaper El Mundo.

French President Emmanuel Macron, He canceled the speech he would lead the nation on Monday and left the Elysee Palace to move to the Ile de la Cité, area where the cathedral is, to monitor the work of extinguishing the fire.

“Notre-Dame de Paris in flames. Thrill of a nation”, Tweeted, President. “Like all our compatriots, I am sad tonight to see that this part of us burns”, he added.

As well, the mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, He tweeted shortly after the incident that started: “A terrible fire is taking place in the Cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris. Paris firefighters are trying to control the flames”.

André Finot, Cathedral spokesman, told local media that “Everything is being devoured by flames. Nothing will be left of the structure, dating from the nineteenth century XIII one side and the other ".

For the moment, Authorities do not know if there are injured and can not calculate the economic cost of damage, although forward to say they could be quite high, Due to the great history and cultural value behind the building.

Although the work of French firefighters have been arduous, have failed to prevent one of the most recognizable towers of the cathedral caved in to the fire and collapse. At 21:52 of the night (local time), the work of extinction are still unable to give controlled by the sinister.

Notre Dame is a symbol of France and one of the most visited tourist sites in the world. built between 1163 Y 1345 in the Ile de la Cite, Notre Dame de Paris is one of the oldest Gothic cathedrals and the world's third largest, after Cologne (Germany) and Milan (Italy).