Published: Fri, April 19, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

Search for ‘dad and daughter’ in Notre Dame photo goes viral

Search for ‘dad and daughter’ in Notre Dame photo goes viral

Investigators are focusing on whether the fire spread from the site of ongoing reconstruction work on the roof of the cathedral, which was covered in scaffolding, a source close to the investigation said.

Bishop Robert Coerver of Lubbock in Texas, United States for example released a statement stressing the spiritual significance and aesthetic beauty of the cathedral, and praying for the safety of all Catholics in the French capital.

The cause of the fire is still not known and authorities are continuing their probe into how it started, French junior interior minister Laurent Nunez said on Tuesday.

Even as a first damage assessment has yet to be made, French president Emmanuel Macron has shown himself fully convinced that a efforts to restore the Paris landmark will be successful. The destruction of the cathedral's towering spire, its ancient wooden roof and the statues of St. Denis and St. Genevieve are a monumental loss for France, which takes pride in its history.

Ying Xin, a Chinese dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Company in NY, posted a video on Instagram of a dance she improvised in front of Notre Dame a year ago.

In a statement, the Vatican said it learned of the fire at the 850-year-old Gothic building with "shock and sadness".

Chief Rabbi of France Haim Korsia joined in offering condolences, saying, "Very sad images of the Notre Dame Cathedral tonight". Notre Dame is part of a UNESCO heritage site and UNESCO has offered its expertise. But if a big fire affects it, then it also has consequences: "Then an iron roof truss warps", Mr Fuessenich said.

The family of French billionaire Bernard Arnault and the LVMH group he runs pledged to donate €200 million euros.

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Van der Bellen wrote on Twitter that Notre Dame is "an important symbol of our common European culture" and posted a picture of the French flag and the European Union flag flying in Vienna.

Yet many details, such as possible water damage from the operation to save the building, are still unclear.

French billionaire Francois-Henri Pinault, chairman and CEO of the global luxury group Kering, has pledged €100 million.

Arnault, its CEO, is the third richest person in the world, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.

He called Notre Dame "an architectural jewel of a collective memory", and said it was "the location of many great events and a testimony to the faith and prayer of the city's Catholics".

Poland, the Czech Republic and Greece were among those offering to send experts from their own restoration projects, while major French businesses pledged financial assistance. Cologne Cathedral was heavily damaged during World War II and work to fix it is still ongoing more than 70 years later.

The Polish chapel was damaged, but survived Monday's blaze.

Associated Press writers Angela Charlton, John Leicester, Sylvie Corbet and Elaine Ganley in Paris, Nicole Winfield in Rome and Colleen Barry in Milan contributed.

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