Furniture, tiles appear intact inside Notre Dame

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Firefighters tackle the blaze as flames and smoke rise from Notre Dame cathedral as it burns in Paris, Monday, April 15, 2019. Massive plumes of yellow brown smoke is filling the air above Notre Dame Cathedral and ash is falling on tourists and others around the island that marks the center of Paris. (AP Photo/Thibault […]

PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the fire that swept through Paris’ Notre Dame cathedral (all times local):

5:45 p.m.

Video shot inside Notre Dame cathedral after the fire shows many tiles and columns have been spared by the disaster.

Images broadcast Tuesday by French news channel BFM TV also show several pieces of wooden furniture, including chairs and benches, seemingly intact, but there is a gaping hole in the nave’s roof, with a pile of burnt debris lying underneath.

The fire which broke out Monday evening caused major damages to much of the almost 900-year-old building.


5:35 p.m.

British Prime Minster Theresa May says the bells at London’s landmark Westminster Abbey will be rung Tuesday afternoon to mark 24 hours since the fire broke out at Notre Dame cathedral.

She says this will be done “to underline our solidarity with France and her people.”

Bells at cathedrals and churches will also be rung Thursday in a further demonstration of concern for France’s loss.

The prime minister offered British help with the rebuilding of Notre Dame, calling it “one of the most beautiful buildings in the world.”

She says the Westminster Abbey bells will sound at 5:43 local time (1643 GMT; 12:43 p.m. EST) Tuesday afternoon.


5:25 p.m.

Serbia’s president Aleksandar Vucic has offered sympathy and help to rebuild the Notre Dame cathedral after the devastating fire, but tabloids under his control called the disaster “God’s punishment.”

Many in Serbia are angry at France for reportedly displaying a flag of Kosovo outside Notre Dame for World War I centennial commemorations last year, and for taking part in the 1999 NATO bombing of Serbia.

Headlines late Monday on the websites of pro-government tabloids Alo and Informer said “God’s Punishment has caught up with them.” The articles were later removed after triggering outrage on social networks.

Some commentators said they are “indifferent” to the fire because of France’s alleged lack of support for Serbia’s claim on Kosovo.

Serbia does not recognize the 2008 declaration of independence of its former province.

Vucic said “all citizens of Serbia are sad over Notre Dame. We stand by our French friends and ready to help rebuild that symbol of French and world civilization.”

Serbia and France have a long history of friendship. France played a major role in helping Serbs form their state in the Balkans after World War I.


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