Check out this amazing footage from inside Notre Dame cathedral shows extensive damage after a massive fire ripped through the structure on Monday.
The Paris fire chief, Jean-Claude Gallet said that the structure, including its two front towers, had been “saved and preserved as a whole,” but that two-thirds of the roof had been destroyed. Laurent Nuñez, France’s junior interior minister, said that “overall the structure is holding” but that “vulnerabilities” had been identified in the cathedral’s arched vault and in a gable of the northern transept.
Firefighters were able to save some of the cathedral’s artworks, including linen fabric associated with St. Louis, the crown of thorns and the cathedral’s treasury, according to Monsignor Chauvet. Lt. Col. José Vaz de Matos, an official who inspects France’s national monuments, said that there were still several large pieces of art inside, “some of which have been affected by the fire but that can be restored,” but that teams could not be sent in at this juncture.