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11:00 PM EST: CNBC is reporting that the entire structure of Notre Dame has NOT burned!! While all the wooden interior and lattice work, as well as the roof and spire have been lost, the rest of the cathedral stands and has been saved by more than 400 firefighters, 1 of which was seriously injured.
French President Macron has vowed to rebuild the structure and leaders all over the world have expressed their sympathy via Twitter.
The fire is still being investigated as an accident, for now, authorities say (please see the rest of my report below which explains why I think this was not accidental).
UPDATE 5:10 PM EST: Christopher J Hale had a source claiming the fire was intentionally set. He was forced to delete.
UPDATE 4:28 EST: Facebook screen shots show Muslim accounts rejoicing and laughing over the collapse of the spire on Notre Dame
UPDATE 4:00 PM EST: On Friday a Muslim woman was sentenced to jail in a plot to blow up a car outside of Notre Dame. It s so he needs month anniversary of the New Zealand mosque shooting. Retaliation?
Notre Dame, the iconic Christian cathedral in Paris, known in pop culture for being location of the Hunchback of Notre Dame, caught fire April 15th, 2019.
The fire is intentionally being blamed on recent renovation work, but with attacks on Christian Churches by Muslim migrates throughout Europe in recent years, if you believe Notre Dame caught fire during Holy Week “accidentally” then I don’t know what I can tell you.
My heart is breaking as my beloved Notre Dame is burning right now.
Here is a picture of me (third from the left, black coat) at Notre Dame in 1996. One of my life’s great joys is that I got to spend time in Europe before it was destroyed.
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