Paris firefighters praised for efforts in saving Notre Dame

Tributes are being paid to the firefighters who put out the blaze at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.

The fire which started last night, is now fully extinguished but has destroyed parts of the historic building.

Almost 400 firefighters worked through the night to put out the flames at Notre Dame Cathedral.

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The spire and the ancient roof of the gothic cathedral have been destroyed, but the two bell towers have been saved.

It’s emerged today that a French priest has saved two famous artifacts feared missing in the fire.

Chaplain of the Paris Fire Brigade Jean-Marc Fournier entered the burning building with firefighters last night and saved the Blessed Sacrament and the Crown of Thorns.

The Paris prosecutor said there is no evidence of arson and the current belief is that the fire was an accident.

French President Emmanuel Macron has pledged to rebuild the cathedral and is setting up an international fundraiser.