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French Pres. Emmanuel Macron Vows To Rebuild Notre Dame Cathedral

French President Emmanuel Macron vows to rebuild the Notre Dame Cathedral after the 850-year old structure went up in flames.

President Macron made the promise during a speech outside the cathedral on Monday saying he was starting an international fundraiser immediately in order to rebuild.

Macron went on to call the fire a “terrible tragedy” though he said the “worst has been avoided.”

Though the roof and main spire collapsed, officials say the historic structure has been saved from “total destruction.”

Reports claim 16 religious statues were rescued from the flames among other pieces of artwork and relics.

The fire started around 7 p.m. and burned for around twelve hours with as many as 400 firefighters at the scene, according to local officials.

Three first responders were injured in connection with the fire, though no fatalities were reported.

An investigation is ongoing to determine how the blaze started, though officials claim the tragedy is likely to have been an accident linked the renovation project it was undergoing.

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