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Watch the moment when Notre Dame's burning spire topples over

17 April 2019

Experts are assessing the blackened shell of Paris' iconic Notre Dame cathedral to establish next steps to save what remains after a devastating fire destroyed much of the nearly 900-year-old building.

Most of the roof has been destroyed, its steeple has collapsed and an unknown number of artifacts and paintings have been lost.

Aside from the structure, art experts were concerned about the fate of countless priceless artworks and artifacts inside. The main organ, which had close to 8,000 pipes, has also suffered damage. "Today's dying, we trust, will bring rising", Dolan said outside St. Patrick's Cathedral in Manhattan. He added that workers were "surveying the movement" of the structure and the contents in it.

US President Donald Trump relayed Americans' "condolences" to Macron over the fire, the White House said.

Tusk, who chairs summits of EU national leaders, told lawmakers Tuesday that the blaze reminds Europeans of "how much we can lose". There were hopes the windows had escaped being destroyed by the fire after firefighters stopped its spread.

"My father and myself have chose to release a sum of €100 million from our Artemis funds [the family holding company] to participate in the effort that will be necessary for the complete reconstruction of Notre-Dame", Pinault said in a statement obtained by French newspaper Le Figaro.

Some 30 people have already been questioned in the investigation, which the Paris prosecutor warned would be long and complex. Officials have reportedly ruled out the possibility that the blaze was deliberately set.

A public appeal for funds drew immediate support from French billionaires and other private donors, as well as from countries including Germany, Italy and Russian Federation, which offered expertise.

As monetary pledges rack up to contribute to France's plan to rebuild the iconic cathedral, the Quebec government said on Tuesday it is also ready to lend a helping hand.

Support came from outside France as well, with Apple chief Tim Cook announcing the tech giant would give an unspecified amount to help restore a "precious heritage for future generations".

The cost of a likely multi-year restoration project could itself take a year to become clear, industry experts said.

According to the Daily Record, she said: "When I looked at this photo last night, I was really astounded by what I saw".

Fifty investigators were working on the probe, he said, and would be interviewing workers from five companies hired to work on renovations to the cathedral's roof, where the flames first broke out.

Some prospective Japanese tourists to Paris wrote, "Does this mean we are going to have to see the burnt ruins?" and "I want to donate money to help rebuild Notre Dame".

There was particularly fear for the rooster, because it contains religious relics including one of the 70 thorns of the Holy crown of Jesus Christ, and remnants linked to Saint Denis, the Christian martyr and former bishop of Paris, and Saint Genevieve, the patron saint of the French capital.

Rescuers formed a human chain at the site of the disaster to evacuate as many artifacts as possible, which were then stocked temporarily at the Paris town hall.

Watch the moment when Notre Dame's burning spire topples over