The immediate efforts of the 400 fire fighters who descended on the cathedral were spent trying to tackle the blaze in the historic heart of Paris.
There efforts were hampered by everything from heavy traffic around the historic site in the heart of Paris to the difficulty in accessing the raging fire high up in the roof of the building. Firefighters perched high on numerous ladders could be seen spraying gallons of water onto blaze, seemingly in vain.
French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said “heroic” firefighters were battling to save what they could.
But questions soon began to be asked about the cause.
These questions will take precedence in the coming days once the fire is brought under control and investigations begin
The fire service did say early on that the blaze could be “potentially linked” to ongoing renovations.
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