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French firefighters 'not sure' if Notre Dame fire can be stopped French firefighters 'not sure' if Notre Dame fire can be stopped
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French firefighters have expressed doubts the devastating fire at the Notre Dame cathedral (Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris) can be stopped have not ruled out further collapse of the iconic landmark. French firefighters have 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,” a firefighter spokesman told reporters. “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.The next hour and a half will determine the fate of the 13th-century cathedral, French firefighters have said.
Earlier, the firefighters ruled out the possibility of using aerial support in fighting the devastating blaze.
Earlier, the firefighters have ruled out the possibility to use 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.“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.
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.
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