Notre Dame towers ‘saved’ from the blaze, French firefighters hope
“We can consider that the two towers of Notre-Dame are saved,” commander of the Brigade of firefighters in Paris, Jean-Claude Gallet, told reporters.
“We can think that the structure is saved,” said Laurent Nuñez, Secretary of State to the Minister of the Interior. “We are much more optimistic than earlier, but we must remain cautious.”
Earlier firefighters expressed doubts the devastating fire at the Notre Dame cathedral (Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris) can be stopped and have not ruled out further collapse of the iconic landmark.
“We’re not sure we can stop the fire spreading into the northern bell tower – and you can imagine the damage if it collapses,” said Jean-Claude Gallet, the commander of the Paris firefighters. Over 400 people are combating the blaze.
The next hour and a half will determine the fate of the 13th-century cathedral, French firefighters have said.
#Intervention en cours à #NotreDameUn dispositif important est déployé. Merci de ne pas encombrer la ligne 18/112, laissez libre accès aux sapeurs-pompiers de Paris, pour leur permettre d’intervenir dans les meilleures conditions. pic.twitter.com/jRiHoNo6rf— Pompiers de Paris (@PompiersParis) April 15, 2019
Earlier, the firefighters ruled out the possibility of using aerial support in fighting the devastating blaze.
“Helicopter or plane, the weight of the water and the intensity of dropping it at low altitude could weaken the structure of Notre-Dame and cause collateral damage to surrounding buildings,” the French Civil Security tweeted.
Hundreds of firemen of the Paris Fire Brigade are doing everything they can to bring the terrible #NotreDame fire under control. All means are being used, except for water-bombing aircrafts which, if used, could lead to the collapse of the entire structure of the cathedral.— Sécurité Civile Fr (@SecCivileFrance) April 15, 2019
A firefighter at the scene told Reuters that the main focus of the emergency workers is on saving work of arts from the back of the cathedral, as well as preventing the northern – left from the entrance – bell tower from collapsing.Also on rt.com 'Everything is burning': Notre Dame cathedral in Paris on fire (PHOTO, VIDEO)
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