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Notre Dame fire: bodycam footage shows heroic firefighters tackling the blaze at world famous cathedral

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 16/04/2019 15:29:55 Harriet Brewis
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Bodycam footage released by Paris Fire Brigade has shown the heroism of firefighters who battled through the night to put out an inferno at Notre Dame cathedral.

Pompiers de Paris shared the footage and a selection of images on Twitter shortly after the blaze at the 850-year-old cathedral was finally extinguished.

The dramatic video shows the roof of the building engulfed in flames and billowing clouds of smoke, as close-ups show the fire burning with a fierce orange intensity.

Firefighters can then be seen rushing to the scene, dragging a vast hose to the mouth of the cathedral as sirens blare in the background.

Further clips show firefighters on electronic cherry pickers blasting water into the inferno, while overnight shots indicate the gruelling length of the Pompiers' mission.

"After more than 9h of tireless battle, almost 400 Parisian firefighters brought the terrifying fire under control. 2 policemen and a fireman have suffered non-life threatening injuries," the Pompiers tweeted in a post accompanying the footage.

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Social media users responded by expressing their admiration for the dedicated crew.

"Mission complete. Despite the risks. A tribute to #pompiersdeparis," tweeted one woman.

"Ok, pompiers de Paris, your job is to go in there and put that fire out. As with the actions like the horrors of Grenfell & 9/11 we are indebted to our firefighters," wrote a Nottingham-based man.

The blaze broke out as the last crowds of tourists ended visits at around 6pm BST on (7pm local time) on Monday and was declared extinguished about 14 hours later.

At around 8am on Tuesday, the fire brigade confirmed on Twitter that Notre Dame's structure and various relics had been saved "thanks to the combined action of the various state services".

Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo also took to Twitter to thank the fire crews, police and cathedral workers who made a "human chain" to save the precious artefacts.

These include a Crown of Thorns - said to be worn by Jesus Christ at his crucifixion - that was saved by the fire department's chaplain, Father Fournier

16. huhtikuuta 2019 18:29:55 Categories: Evening Standard Money

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