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    Notre Dame on fire now in Paris

    Sad to see that old wooden roof and spire go up in flames. It was being repaired. I would hate to be the worker who accidentally caused that fire.
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    The video is so hard to watch. It is heartbreaking!

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    A sad day in human history.

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    My daughter sent me the link, we have it up on the big monitor in the Tech room.

    Heartbreaking to watch.............Rod.

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    I visited there in 1981 and returned there with my wife in 2006 for our 15th anniversary. Stunning and shocking to see how something that took centuries to build could collapse in the course of an evening. It had fallen into quite a state of disrepair and they finally raised enough money to begin serious renovations.

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    Temperature to change limestone into lime is a little less than 1700 F. That looks like a pretty hot fire. It's hard to raise money for renovation, but I expect it will come pouring in for reconstruction. Hopefully, and surely, any new plans will call for better fire prevention, and fighting facilities.

    I wonder how much of the details have been scanned. I'm sure everything is well covered with photographs.

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    I think it was a fire marshal that said that Noter Dame cathedral was “made to burn”, in their words all super dry wood.

    Sad to see for sure.

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    Anyone else thinking terrorist act?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pat Barry View Post
    Anyone else thinking terrorist act?
    Actually, I was thinking Boiled Linseed Oil on a rag tossed into a bucket.

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    It's truly a tragic loss to France and the world.


    it's a little early IMO to speculate that it's an act of terror.
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    So very, very sad for all of humanity. I visited Paris and of course, Notre Dame, in 1978 as a teenager. As an adult, I came to believe I would see it again someday, from a more mature perspective. Unfortunately, I waited too long.

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    There's an interesting article on CNN.com that details the wood structures that were completely lost...originally built from something like 13,000 trees that were already 300-400 years old when harvested. Oak. There was a lead roof which was "fire proof" but unfortunately the whole structure supporting it was that wood. sad.
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    Heartbreaking. Just heartbreaking. A World heritage site.
    I find myself terribly saddened.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lisa Starr View Post
    So very, very sad for all of humanity. I visited Paris and of course, Notre Dame, in 1978 as a teenager. As an adult, I came to believe I would see it again someday, from a more mature perspective. Unfortunately, I waited too long.
    So sad. I was fortunate to see it a few years ago, for the 850 year celebration. It looked so solid, I imagined it would be there "forever."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Fitzgerald View Post
    It's truly a tragic loss to France and the world.


    it's a little early IMO to speculate that it's an act of terror.
    Today also 6yrs to the day since Boston marathon bombing.

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