Americans, frequent visitors to Notre-Dame, begin fundraising efforts

Flames and smoke rise from Notre Dame Cathedral as it burns in Paris

"We will rebuild Notre Dame". As French citizens gathered to watch and pray for the cathedral's safety, the queen released a statement regarding the catastrophe.

The cause of the fire is still not known and authorities are continuing their probe into how it started, French junior interior minister Laurent Nunez said on Tuesday.

French President Emmanuel Macron has vowed to rebuild the 12th Century cathedral describing the incident as a "terrible tragedy".

The French president pledged to rebuild a cathedral that he called "a part of us", and appealed for national and global help to do so. Online footage showed thick smoke billowing from the top of the cathedral and huge flames between its two bell towers engulfing the spire and the entire roof.

"In connection with the tragic Notre Dame fire, we are spiritually united with all the citizens of France who are affected by this drama", Duda's message read.

In a statement, the Vatican said it learned of the fire at the 850-year-old Gothic building with "shock and sadness".

But the fire inflicted "colossal damages" on the famous cathedral, Deputy Mayor Emmanuel Gregoire said. It's part of our legacy, common heritage. "Our friendship and prayers to @Eglisecatho, and especially to Mgr Aupetit", the chief rabbi of France, Haim Korsia, tweeted, addressing the Bishops' Conference of France, and the archbishop of Paris Monsignor Michel Aupetit.

But I realize that it has also affected a national symbol dear to the hearts of Parisians and all French citizens despite the diversity of their beliefs.

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Firefighters have said the blaze which destroyed parts of the medieval building in Paris on Monday night has now been fully extinguished.

But according to Corbett, no plane pilot could drop water "exactly in that one spot moving several hundred miles an hour over it".

"The organ is a very fragile instrument, especially its pipes".

France's richest businessman, Bernard Arnault, and his luxury goods group LVMH pledged 200 million euros ($226 million) for the reconstruction. Tycoons, global firms, local authorities and individuals have promised financial and expert help - with a total of almost 900 million euros (780.05 million pounds) pledged by Wednesday.

Other French companies have also written big checks: The oil and gas company Total has promised 100 million ($113 million), while tech and consulting firm Capgemini will give 1 million ($1.1 million).

In its more than 800-year history, Notre Dame has undergone extensive and costly restorations to fix and restore one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture.

Poland, the Czech Republic and Greece were among those offering to send experts from their own restoration projects, while major French businesses pledged financial assistance. Many have been burnt due to revolutions, wars, due to mankind's mistakes.

"It will certainly take years, perhaps even decades, until the last damage caused by this awful fire will be completely repaired", he told broadcaster RTL.

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