New York Leaders Offer Thoughts On Notre Dame Cathedral

Mayor Bill de Blasio, Governor Cuomo and other leaders around New York are offering statements of support after the fire at the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris.

“Heartbreaking to see such tragic footage of Notre Dame right now,” Mayor de Blasio tweeted. “Sending solidarity to my friend Mayor @Anne_Hidalgo and to the people of a city as resilient as our own.New York City is mourning with Paris.”

The cathedral went up in flames on Monday, destroying a spire that was constructed in the 19th century. Much of the roof was also damaged, but the iconic bell towers and many pieces of art were saved.

“Images of Notre Dame in flames are an awful sight to behold. The thoughts of the FDNY are with the members of @PompiersParis as they bravely battle this terrible fire in one of the world’s most beautiful and historic houses of worship,” FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro said in a statement.

The fire was declared extinguished on Tuesday. An investigation is now underway to determine how it began. It’s unclear if it’s connected to renovations being done at the cathedral.

“New York aches.Our prayers are with the people of France and the first responders,” Governor Andrew Cuomo tweeted.

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