Paris, Apr 16: French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday vowed to rebuild the medieval cathedral of Notre-Dame after a major fire partially destroyed the Paris landmark.
Visiting the site on Monday night, Mr Macron said the "worst had been avoided" with the preservation of the cathedral's main structure as he pledged to launch an international fundraising scheme for the reconstruction. "We'll rebuild this cathedral altogether and it's undoubtedly part of the French destiny and the project we'll have for the coming years," said Mr Macron.
Firefighters managed to save the 850-year-old Gothic building's main stone structure, including its two towers, but the spire and roof collapsed. The blaze burned for eight hours, but has now been largely extinguished, according to firefighters.
One official was quoted as saying the two iconic rectangular towers have been saved, which will come a relief after one of the towers caught fire earlier in the evening. The cause is not yet clear but officials say it could be linked to extensive renovation works under way.
Paris prosecutor's office said it was currently being investigated as an accident, BBC Reported. A firefighter was seriously injured while tackling the blaze.UNI