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As Flames Engulfed Notre-Dame, Firefighters Employed A Secret Weapon

Thursday, April 18, 2019, 7:41 PM

With a wall of red-orange flames rapidly advancing, and Notre Dame's vast chambers reaching oven-like temperatures, the commander of the Paris fire brigade made a painful choice Monday evening. He told his firefighters to retreat. Losing a beloved medieval relic would be devastating, of course, but losing human lives in a hopeless effort to save the building would be even worse.
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France To Launch International Contest To Rebuild Notre-Dame Spire: PM

Thursday, April 18, 2019, 7:34 AM

France will invite architects from around the world to submit designs for rebuilding the spire of Notre-Dame cathedral that was destroyed in devastating blaze, PM Edouard Philippe said. The goal is "to give Notre-Dame a-new-spire that is adapted to the techniques and challenges of our era," Philippe told reporters day after President Emmanuel Macron vowed to rebuild the cathedral "even more beautifully" within five-years.