FRESNO, CA (KMJ) – Local reaction to Notre Dame Cathedral fire in Paris.
The 12th Century Cathedral in Paris, France was consumed by a massive fire on Monday.
Flames and black smoke billowed from the base of the medieval church’s spire, which eventually collapsed.
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Posted by FOX26 on Monday, April 15, 2019
Chris Michael teaches in the Fresno Unified School District, but he is in Paris this week.
In this exclusive audio, he’s speaking with our News Partner KMPH – Fox 26 about what he’s seeing.
“It’s just horns and sirens,” said Micheal. “It’s crazy, um, seeing the people, just, I mean I’m a mile away on a bridge I can barely hear right now, and there are still people, leaning over the edge — just staring at the flames, going up. It’s more contained than it was but it’s still lighting up the sky a mile down the river.”
People from around the world are sharing their sorrow on social media.
Chris Michael says he had minored in art history — and feels the impact:
“It’s hard to even imagine, I mean, trying to think of even a monument or something of significant nature in the United States that had this much impact,” said Michael. “It’s hard to pinpoint something. I mean, this, this Cathedral is hundreds of years old, and has millions and millions of people coming from around the world coming to see it, every year so I mean, it’s a tough blow to Paris.”
France’s Civil Security Agency said its using “all means” except for water-dropping aircraft to tackle the blaze.
They were concerned that measure cause the whole structure to collapse.
While the damage is extensive, the structure is safe, according to Paris police.
The Paris prosecutor’s office has opened an investigation into the devastating fire at Notre Dame Cathedral, a spokesperson told CNN.
Click to listen to the report by KMJ’s Liz Kern: