Notre Dame de Paris is arguably the most famous religious monument in the world and widely considered one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture. The cathedral suffered desecration during the radical phase of the French Revolution in the 1790s, when much of its religious imagery was damaged or destroyed. During the 19th century, an extensive restoration project was completed, returning the cathedral to its previous state. The stain glass windows are breathtakingly beautiful.
Located in the medieval town of Chartres, about 50 miles north of Paris, this cathedral is one of the greatest achievements in the history of architecture. Moreover, it is almost perfectly preserved in its original design and details, giving its visitors an image of how it looked like when it was built. Chartres’ extensive cycle of portal sculpture remains fully intact and its glowing stained-glass are all originals. In addition to its architectural splendor, the cathedral has been a major pilgrimage destination since the early Middle Ages.
The fire-chief in Paris is certainly being very pessimistic - they are worried they will be unable to stop the fire spreading unabated. The bell towers may well not survive at this rate. Concrete may not burn but the heat can weaken the structure and cause it to collapse
They made the judgement call that their use would like cause the whole structure to collapse.
Hindsight is a wonderful thing, but one always wonders - as with Grenfell - if it might not have been better to take the hit with regards to the damage caused and prevent the fire from spreading further. There is also a French legal clause which means that the pilots of the "canadairs" ie fire-fighting planes are personally lenally responsible for any damage caused, hence them not being used in urban areas. I do not know if this extends to firefighting helicopters.
The bishop explained that the firefighters had to climb the towers and took a lot of risks. The biggest risk was the lead melting and falling in large chunks.
A tv station interviewed a catholic man who works as caretaker for a neighbouring building and regularly attended the church, expressing his feelings about not wanting to waste the pain "I'm going to stay and watch because especially in this beginning of holy week, I can't make the economy of a time of meditation".
Unbelievable work by the firefighters who risked their lives to rescue artifacts and salvage the towers even though this inferno was burning at 800 degrees celsius. I have looked for any information on wounded firefighters and so far one lightly wounded, I hope that is all.