Despite horrifying images coming out of Paris, the structure of the Notre Dame Cathedral has been saved from the massive fire that engulfed the world-famous landmark, fire officials announced on Monday.
“The worst has been avoided, although the battle is not yet totally won,” French President Emmanuel Macron said.
Further, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo revealed that many priceless artifacts and items were saved from the blaze.
"Thanks to the @PompiersParis, the police and the municipal agents," Hidalgo tweeted, "the Crown of Thorns, the Tunic of Saint Louis and several other major works are now in a safe place.”
The world let out a collective sigh of relief at the news, though the fire damage will surely be devastating.
At least two-thirds of the roofing was “ravaged,” officials said.
“The blaze collapsed the cathedral’s spire and spread to one of its rectangular towers. But Paris Fire Chief Jean-Claude Gallet said the church’s main structure had been saved after firefighters prevented the flames from spreading to the northern belfry. Gallet said the emergency response had evolved into a monitoring and clean-up operation,” USA Today reported.
The report added: “Throngs of spectators watched in stunned horror from nearby buildings, bridges and street. Video footage showed fire and smoke spewing from the architectural marvel, home to priceless works of art. The flames appeared to be shooting out of the roof behind the nave of the cathedral.”
President Donald Trump weighed in as fire fighters rushed to battle the flames.
“So horrible to watch the massive fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Perhaps flying water tankers could be used to put it out. Must act quickly,” he tweeted.