Notre Dame fire: What we know
- A major fire erupted at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on Monday.
- The cause of the blaze remains unclear, but officials do not suspect terrorism or arson.
- About 50 people are involved with the investigation.
- So far, about a billion dollars have been promised to help restore the landmark.
Authorities in Paris are still trying to piece together exactly what happened before Notre Dame Cathedral caught fire, which officials believe was an accident. About 50 investigators are involved with the probe and they have begun questioning 30 employees from different companies, including those who were involved in the cathedral's restoration work.
French newspaper Le Parisien report that fire alarm set off at Notre Dame shortly after 6 pm Monday but a computer bug showed the fire's location in the wrong place.
Officials said a fire alarm was triggered at 6:20 pm, but there was no fire. There was a fire at the bottom of the cathedral's huge spire and may have been caused by an electrical problem in an elevator. discovered Then, at 6:43 pm, another alarm sounded.
At that point, the fire spread rapidly from the roof near the rear of Notre Dame. In the less than an hour, it engulfed the spire, which – just 13 minutes later – collapsed as onlookers watched in horror.
"It was so beautiful, and now the sky is sad"
Ian Lee reports from CBS News correspondent for CBS News correspondent for Ian Lee. Firefighters have been evaluating the damage.
Bells have been ringing at cathedrals across the French capital for exactly 48 hours after the fire. Cecile Deleville can hardly look at the destruction – she has been worshiped there for 44 years.
"She was so beautiful, and now the sky is sad," she said. "This is a shock to me."
Photos show damage to Notre Dame
Notre Dame stands damaged but defiant after the fire that raged for at least 12 hours. Inside, where the spire collapsed, the altar was buried in debris, but its cross was almost shining, and pews were still in place, reports CBS News correspondent Roxana Saberi.
Paris' City Hall has released pictures of the 850-year-old church of the third Wednesday, showing the soot-filled sanctuary covered in debris.
Light shined through the gaping holes in the intricately carved vaulted ceiling. Bertrand de Feydeau, vice president of the preservation group Fondation du Patrimoine, told the AP that the roof's wooden beams can not be remade because "we do not currently have trees on our territory of size that were cut in the 13th century. "
Even though the flames swept over the cathedral so intensely, much of the interior was saved, Lee reports.
The Notre Dame undergoes major renovation
The fire may potentially involve renovation work.
The fire may potentially involve renovation work. Paris' fire service said it was being carried out at the cathedral. Extensive scaffolding covered a part of the roof as part of the $ 6.8 million project before the fire broke out.
New York landmarks in the colors of the French flag
Two New York City landmarks – One World Trade Center and the Spire of the Empire State Building – lit up in blue, white and red in solidarity with the people of France and the Catholic community, CBS New York reports.
"Our hearts The Notre Dame Cathedral's irrespective of the centuries of history, art and iconic architecture, and we are deeply grateful to the chivalrous first responders who diligently worked on the extinguishing of the world's most sacred and celebrated religious monuments. flames and save portions of this significant piece of French and Catholic history, "said New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. "New York stands in solidarity with the people of France and the Catholics in the world who are mourning this tremendous loss."
Notre Dame Cathedral's history
Construction of the Notre Dame began in 1163 during the reign of King Louis VII and was completed in Henry VI of England was crowned inside the cathedral in 1431 and Napoleon Bonaparte was crowned.  The Henry VI of England was crowned inside the cathedral in 1431 and was crowned by Napoleon Bonaparte.
The cathedral receives nearly 13 million visitors a year and is home to exquisite religious artifacts, paintings, sculptures and other priceless works of art.
It was undergoing renovation after the cracking began It appears in the stone, sparking fears that the structure could become unstable. Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris falls apart
James Shepherd, director of preservation and facilities at the Washington National Cathedral, spoke with CBSN on Monday about Notre Dame's epic history.
"That's 800 years of history, of people pilgrimaging there and worshiping there, and the accumulation of culture," shepherd said by phone. "All of that will have to be taken into account when they try to repair this church and save it after this devastating fire."
Shepherd spoke of Notre Dame's "stunning and exquisite vitrazed windows," which cathedral's heritage director said Tuesday did not seem to have been destroyed in the fire. Shepherd called them "absolutely priceless and some of the best examples of European stained glass windows."
Photos of the Notre Dame fire