The Latest: Architect: Notre Dame repair could take decades

2:10 p.m.

Cologne cathedral’s primary builder states it might take decades to repair the damage caused by the Notre Dame cathedral by a massive fire.

Peter Fuessenich, who manages all building work for the Gothic cathedral from the German city, told broadcaster RTL on Tuesday that”it will definitely take decades, perhaps even decades, until the last damage due to this terrible fire will probably be entirely repaired.”

Cologne cathedral was heavily damaged to repair it is still ongoing over 70 years later.

Fuessenich known as the fire from Paris”a tragedy with a European dimension” as numerous churches and cathedrals across the continent were inspired by buildings in France. He said that”if the final stone was put in Notre-Dame, the very first one was laid in Cologne, and in that respect it impacts us all very much.”

According to Fuessenich, the timbered roof of Cologne cathedral’s has been replaced with an iron framework during the 19th century, also meaning a fire there could be less devastating.


1:50 p.m.

An agent of one of those five companies which were hired to work on renovations on the Notre Dame cathedral’s roof states”we need more than anybody for light to be shed on the source of the drama.”

Julien le Bras’ firm has 12 employees involved in the refurbishment, although none were in the right time of the flame on site.

Le Bras insisted that”all the safety measures were honored,” and”employees are participating in the analysis with no hesitation.”

Officials have indicated the fire could have been linked to the renovation work.

While the website is being procured, paris prosecutor Remy Heitz said the investigation is in its early phases and is focusing on hearings.


12:45 p.m.

The British monarch says she was”deeply saddened” to find the palace ablaze, also expressed”sincere admiration to the emergency agencies who have risked their own lives to attempt and save this important national monument.”

Religious leaders and british politicians also have sent messages of goodwill and offers of help in rebuilding the medieval construction.


12:30 p.m.

The Vatican’s culture minister has given words of hope to France after the devastating fire in Notre Dame, stating the palace is a”living creature” that has been reborn ahead and certainly will continue to be the”beating heart” of France.

A Vatican press conference started with a personal reflection on the palace. He noted that it had been a place of experience for both believers and nonbelievers drawn to its attractiveness and such as the 19th century French poet Paul Claudel, sometimes, were converted into the Catholic religion as a result.

Ravasi, whose office manages the Catholic Church’s patrimony globally, said that he was moved by the scenes of loyal and tourists yelling as Notre Dame went up in flames.

He suggested the Vatican, especially its art experts at the Vatican Museums, might play with a role that was possible in the rebuilding granted their experience.


12:25 p.m

The Paris prosecutor says there is no signs of arson from the Notre Dame fire and they’re working on the assumption that the blaze had been an crash.

Remy Heitz states that the analysis will likely be”long and complicated.”

Talking Tuesday, following the blaze was set out, he explained the probe is being worked on by 50 researchers. He says they will be interviewing employees from five firms that had been hired to focus on renovations to the cathedral’s roof, which was being fixed prior to the flame and that is where the flames initially broke out.


This version corrects that 50 researchers are currently working on the probe, not five.


11:55 a.m.

An aide states that Poland’s president, Andrzej Duda, has offered aid and Polish pros for the job of rebuilding Paris’ Notre Dame cathedral which was ruined by fire.

Krzysztof Szczerski said the Duda has composed to state Poland’s grief and solidarity at thet loss of heritage and cultural identity.

He explained that in a gesture of”European solidarity” Duda provided Poland’s expertise and world-class experts from the reconstruction of historic buildings. A number of different areas and warsaw were rebuilt out of World War II rubble.

He explained that there was at the cathedral a chapel influenced by the fire however wasn’t ruined.

A precious copy of Poland’s most honored celebrity in addition to relicts of Polish-born pope St. John Paul II have been rescued.


11:55 a.m.

Heiko Maas wrote Twitter that French President Emmanuel Macron has called for help from external France and also”Germany stands ready to do that in close friendship.”

Maas added that”we’re united in sorrow. Notre Dame is a part of the cultural heritage of humankind and a symbol for Europe.”


11:40 a.m.

Egypt’s top Muslim cleric has expressed despair over the fire that destroyed a portion of the famous Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, describing it as a”historical architectural masterpiece.”


10:35 a.m.

Paris’ deputy mayor says Notre Dame’s manhood, among the world’s most famous and largest, stays intact after a catastrophic fire at Paris’ main cathedral.

Emmanuel Gregoire advised that a strategy to protect the treasures of Notre Dame was successfully and rapidly triggered.

The organ that is remarkable dates into the 1730s and was constructed by Francois Thierry. It boasts an pipes.

Gregoire also clarified”huge relief” in the salvaging of pieces like the supposed Crown of Christ.


10:20 a.m.

The head of Egypt’s Copts, Pope Tawadroz II, said in a statement that the fire was a”massive loss for whole humanity” and influenced”one of the most important monuments on earth.”

The Foreign Ministry in Cairo also expressed”great regret and pain” over the fire, citing Notre Dame’s”historic and culture worth” for France and world heritage.


10:15 a.m.

Pope Francis is praying for French Catholics and the Parisian population”under the shock of this dreadful fire” that ravaged the Notre Dame cathedral.

Vatican spokesman Alessandro Gisotti said Twitter on Tuesday that the pope”is near France” and that he is providing prayers”for all those that are making an effort to cope with this dramatic situation.”

The Vatican on Monday expressed”shock and sadness” in the fire that caused extensive damage to a palace which is”a sign of Christianity in France and in the world”


10 a.m.

Funding for the renovation of Notre Dame is piling up in a spectacular rate, with just two of France’s richest families together rapidly pledging 300 million euros.

Businessman Francois-Henri Pinault and his billionaire daddy Francois Pinault said they had been immediately giving 100 million euros in their company, Artemis, to assist finance repairs to the palace devastated by fire Monday night.

An announcement from Francois-Henri Pinault stated:”This tragedy affects all of French people” and”everybody would like to restore life as rapidly as possible to this jewel of our legacy.”

That contribution was trumped by tycoon Bernard Arnault and his luxury goods group LVMH, that pledged 200 million euros.

LVMH known as the cathedral a”symbol of France, its tradition and its motto.”


9:50 a.m.

European Union chief Donald Tusk is calling on the bloc’s member countries to help France reconstruct the fire-ravaged Notre Dame cathedral saying the site at Paris is a sign of what binds Europe together.

Tusk said:”At stake here is something more than just material assistance. The trimming of the Notre Dame cathedral has made us conscious that we are bound with something more important and more deep than treaties.”

Parliament President Antonio Tajani invited EU lawmakers, meeting in Strasbourg, France, to donate the salary of their day.


9:45 a.m.

A spokesman for Paris firefighters says that”the whole fire is out” at Notre Dame cathedral.

Gabriel Plus said Tuesday morning that crisis services are now”surveying the motion of these structures and extinguishing smoldering residues.”

Plus said that today the fire is outside”this phase is to get the specialists” to plan how to combine the edifice. 


9:10 a.m.

French tycoon Bernard Arnault and his luxury goods group LVMH have pledged 200 million euros ($226 million) for its reconstruction of Notre Dame, following a documented 100 million-euro donation from another French billionaire, Francois Pinault.

An announcement Tuesday from LVMH reported the luxury goods set along with also the Arnault family would make the donation for the palace, which was swallowed by flames into a rebuilding fund.

LVMH known as the palace a”symbol of France, its heritage and its motto.”

The Pinault family’s sooner 100 contribution was reported by media.


8:45 a.m.

A French heritage expert says France has trees large enough to replace wooden beams that burned from the Notre Dame fire.

Talking Tuesday, he said the Ocean’s roof cannot be rebuilt just as it had been prior to the fire since”we don’t, in the moment, have trees within our territory of their size that were cut in the 13th century”

He said the restoration work will need to use new technologies to rebuild the roof.


8:40 a.m.

Experts are assessing the blackened shell of Paris’ iconic Notre Dame cathedral to establish following steps to conserve what remains after a catastrophic fire destroyed a lot of the almost 900-year-old construction.

With the fire that broke out Monday evening and immediately consumed the cathedral currently under management, attention is turning into ensuring that the structural integrity of the rest of the building.

Junior Interior Minister Laurent Nunez announced that architects and other experts would meet at the cathedral ancient Tuesday”to learn whether the arrangement is secure and if the firefighters can go inside to continue their work.”

Officials think about that the fire an accident, maybe as a result of restoration work occurring in the global architectural treasure, however that news has done nothing to still the federal mourning.