The Latest on the fire Which swept through Paris’ Notre Dame cathedral (all times local):

2:45 p.m.

After participate in the retrieval of this Crown of Thorns in Notre Dame cathedral jean-Marc Fournier, the chaplain of Paris fire brigade, is being hailed as a hero.

Talking to reporters at the cathedral, Paris’ district mayor Philippe Goujon said Tuesday that Fournier played a role in the rescue of the relic and insisted on being allowed to enter the edifice.

Fournier’s bravery had been noted already after the Nov. 2016 Bataclan assault, when he tended to the injured and flew across the dead.

Based on an interview he gave to Christian Family magazine after that assault, Fournier was based in the Sarthe region that was western and at Germany .

He also served in the Diocese of the Armed Forces and has been established for a time in Afghanistan.


2:30 p.m.

At a heartfelt view of condolences sent to Paris Archbishop Michel Aupetit,” Francis said the flame was particularly devastating since it came during Holy Weekthat the somber days leading up to Easter during which Christians commemorate Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection.

Francis wrote:”This tragedy has severely harmed a historical building. But I am aware that it has affected a nationwide emblem dear to most of people within the diversity of their own convictions and the center of Parisians. Since Notre Dame is the architectural jewel of a collective memory, a place of gathering for good events, a note of the faith and prayer of Catholics at the heart of the city.”

Francis invoked his blessings and commended the courage of the firefighters.

2:10 p.m.

Cologne cathedral’s chief architect states it might take years to fix the harm caused by the Notre Dame cathedral by a fire.

Peter Fuessenich, who manages all construction work for the Gothic cathedral from the German city, advised broadcaster RTL on Tuesday that”it will definitely take years, perhaps even years, before the previous damage caused by this terrible fire will be completely repaired.”

Cologne cathedral has been heavily damaged to fix it’s still continuing.

Fuessenich known as the flame Paris”a catastrophe having a European dimension” as numerous churches and cathedrals across the continent were inspired by buildings in France. He explained that”when the final stone was set in Notre-Dame, the first one was laid here in Cologne, and in this regard it impacts us all very much.”

According Fuessenich, the roof of Cologne cathedral’s was replaced during the 19th century with an iron frame, meaning a fire there could be devastating.


1:50 p.m.

A representative of one of those five companies which had been hired to work on renovations to the Notre Dame cathedral’s roof says”we want more than anyone for light to be shed about the source of the drama.”

Julien le Bras’ company has 12 workers involved in the refurbishment, although none have been on site in the time of the flame.

Le Bras insisted that”most of the security measures were honored,” and”workers are engaging in the analysis with no hesitation.”

Numerous officials have suggested the fire could have been connected to the renovation job.

While the site has been procured paris prosecutor Remy Heitz said the research is in its early phases and is focusing on hearings.


12:45 p.m.

The British monarch states she was”profoundly saddened” to find that the cathedral ablaze, also expressed”sincere admiration to the emergency agencies who have risked their own lives to attempt and save this major national monument”

Religious leaders and politicians also have sent messages of assistance in simplifying the medieval construction.

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, head of the Church of England, tweeted an image of this fire-damaged cathedral with a passage from the Bible:”The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness hasn’t overcome it'”


12:30 p.m.

The Vatican’s culture minister has offered words of hope for France after the devastating fire at Notre Dame, saying the cathedral is a”living creature” which was reborn before and will continue to be the”beating heart” of all France.

A Vatican press conference started having a reflection about the palace. He noted that it had been a place of encounter for both believers and nonbelievers and in some cases, like the 19th century French poet Paul Claudel, were converted to the Catholic faith as a result.

The office of ravasi, whose, said the scenes of loyal and tourists weeping as Notre Dame went up in flames moved him.

He suggested the Vatican, especially its art specialists in the Vatican Museums, can play a role that was possible in the rebuilding given their experience.


12:25 p.m

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

Remy Heitz claims the investigation will soon be”long and complicated.”

Talking Tuesday, following the blaze was put out, he explained the probe is being worked on by 50 investigators. He says they’ll be interviewing employees from five firms that had been hired to work on renovations on the cathedral’s roof, which was being fixed before the fire the point where the flames broke out, and which is.


This version corrects that 50 investigators are operating on the probe.


11:55 a.m.

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

Krzysztof Szczerski said the Duda has written to French President Emmanuel Macron to express solidarity and Poland’s grief at reduction of ethnic and heritage identity.

He explained that at a gesture of”European solidarity” Duda offered Poland’s experience and world-class pros from the reconstruction of historic buildings. Different places and warsaw were rebuilt from World War II rubble.

He said that a chapel at the cathedral was influenced by the fire but wasn’t ruined.

A valuable replica of Poland’s most revered icon as well as relicts of all Polish-born pope St. John Paul II have been rescued.


11:55 a.m.

Germany’s foreign minister says his country is well ready to help with the rebuilding of Notre Dame cathedral following a fire.

Heiko Maas wrote on Twitter which French President Emmanuel Macron has known for help from outside France and”Germany stands willing to do that in friendship.”

Maas added that”we’re united in regret. Notre Dame is a portion of their cultural heritage of humankind and a symbol for Europe.”


11:40 a.m.

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


10:35 a.m.

Paris’ deputy mayor says the manhood, one of the planet’s largest and most famous of Notre Dame, remains intact after a devastating fire in Paris’ main cathedral.

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

The organ dates to the 1730s and was constructed by Francois Thierry. It’s an estimated 8,000 pipes.

Gregoire also described”huge relief” at the salvaging of pieces like the supposed Crown of Christ.


10:20 a.m.

Egypt’s Coptic Church has expressed”deep sadness” over the enormous blaze that burned portions of the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris.

The head of Egypt’s Copts,” Pope Tawadroz II, said in a declaration that the flame was a”massive loss for entire humanity” and influenced”one of the main monuments in the world.”


10:15 a.m.

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

Vatican spokesman Alessandro Gisotti stated on Twitter on Tuesday that the pope”is near France” which he is supplying prayers”for all those that are attempting to cope with this dramatic situation”

Even the Vatican on Monday expressed”shock and sadness” in the fire that caused extensive damage to a cathedral that is”a sign of Christianity from France and on earth “


10 a.m.

Funding for the reconstruction of Notre Dame is piling up with 300 million euros being rapidly pledged by two of France’s wealthiest families.

Businessman Francois-Henri Pinault and his billionaire daddy Francois Pinault said they immediately gave 100 million euros Artemis, from their company, to aid fund repairs to the cathedral Monday night devastated by fire.

A statement from Francois-Henri Pinault explained:”This catastrophe affects all of French people” and”everyone would like to restore life as speedily as possible to this gem of our legacy.”

That donation was then trumped by tycoon Bernard Arnault and his luxury goods group LVMH, which pledged 200 million euros.

LVMH called the palace a”symbol of France, its legacy and its unity.”


9:50 a.m.

European Union chief Donald Tusk is calling the bloc’s member nations to assist France rebuild the Notre Dame cathedral saying the site at Paris is a symbol of what binds Europe.

Tusk, who seats summits of EU national leaders, also told lawmakers Tuesday that the blaze reminds Europeans of”just how far we could lose.”

Tusk stated:”At stake here’s something more than just material assistance. The trimming of the Notre Dame cathedral has again made us conscious that we are bound with something more significant and more profound than treaties.”

Parliament President Antonio Tajani invited EU lawmakers, meeting in Strasbourg, France, to contribute their day’s wages.


9:45 a.m.

Even a spokesman for Paris firefighters states that”the entire flame is out” in Notre Dame cathedral.

Gabriel Plus said Tuesday morning that emergency services are currently”surveying the movement of these structures and extinguishing smoldering residues.”

Plus stated that today the fire is out”this phase is for the pros” to plan the way 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) to its renovation of Notre Dame, following a reported 100 million-euro contribution from a different French billionaire, Francois Pinault.

An announcement Tuesday from LVMH explained the luxury goods group along with the Arnault family would make the contribution to a rebuilding fund Monday evening for the palace, which had been consumed by flames.

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

The Pinault household’s sooner 100 million-euro contribution was reported by French media.


8:45 a.m.

A French heritage specialist says France has trees big enough to replace historical beams that burnt from the Notre Dame fire.

Vice president of preservation team Fondation du Patrimoine, bertrand de Feydeau, told France Info radio the wooden roof that went up in flames was built with beams from primal forests.

Speaking Tuesdayhe said that the cathedral’s roof can’t be rebuilt exactly as it was before the fire since”we do not, at the moment, have trees on our territory of the size which were cut at the 13th century”

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


8:40 a.m.

Experts are analyzing the blackened shell of Paris’ Notre Dame Studio to set steps to save what remains after a catastrophic fire destroyed much of the building.

With the fire which broke out Monday and immediately absorbed the cathedral under control, attention is turning into ensuring that the integrity of the building that is rest of the.

Junior Interior Minister Laurent Nunez declared that builders and other specialists would meet in the cathedral ancient Tuesday”to find out whether the structure is secure and when the firefighters can go indoors to continue their job.”

Officials consider the fire an accident, that information is doing nothing to still the federal mourning, although maybe as a result of restoration work happening in the worldwide architectural treasure.