tradiuz on April 15th, 2019 at 17:33 UTC »
It looks like it was related to the ongoing construction.
Losing or even major damage to an architectural masterpiece like this is just devastating.
memberofmensa on April 15th, 2019 at 17:55 UTC »
Part of the thirteenth-century timber roof construction is now collapsing. What a nightmare.
Edit 1: the spire has completely collapsed.
Edit 2: the stained glass rose windows are destroyed as well.
Edit 3: most of the important relics appear to have been saved from the fire.
Edit 4: the Paris fire brigade says the fire is "potentially linked" to a renovation project on the church's spire.
Edit 5: the cover of tomorrow's Libération: Notre Drame.
Edit 6: French deputy interior minister says that saving the Notre-Dame "is not certain".
Edit 7: the western bell towers are now burning internally.
Edit 8: Paris fire brigade commander general: “There’s a risk that the great bell falls. If the bell falls, it’s the tower that collapses" (source).
Edit 9: some police drone footage.
Edit 10: one firefighter was injured (source).
Edit 11: Reuters is quoting an official with the Paris fire brigade: "We can now say that the structure of the Notre-Dame has been saved from total destruction".
TooShiftyForYou on April 15th, 2019 at 18:57 UTC »
This is saddening in many ways, but remember that restoration is possible. Take for example the Reims Cathedral before and after WWI.