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During an outbreak of fire in the Notre-Dame Cathedral hosted the service. This was the vicar of the Archdiocese of Paris Philip Mars told RIA Novosti.
“The evening service was ended in about 19:30. The fire has already started, but could not see him, about him no one knew,” said the man. At this time he was in his office and worked, but the fleeing mass did not panic. Mars added that the smoke felt in a few minutes, then saw the fire at the base of the spire.
The vicar also spoke about his impressions of the fire illuminated cross in the depth of Notre Dame: “It was the embodiment of what happens to us: the cross, surrounded by flames, a statue of the virgin Mary and the fire.” At the same time, he believes that the search for the hidden meaning in this is not worth it.
The cleric expressed hope that the incident was an accident and not arson. He added that he was touched by the visit of the President of France Emmanuel Makron at the scene.
The Cathedral caught fire on the evening of 15 April. The fire destroyed a large part of the roof, spire and clock. Finally it was extinguished in the morning: night, the fire was still struggling with isolated pockets of fire. In the result of incident three persons suffered.
The presumed cause of the fire restoration work began a few months ago. Around the monument has been erected scaffolding height of about 100 meters.
The French President promised to restore the French Notre Dame de Paris. According to experts, it can take from five years to several decades.
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