Notre Dame isn’t completely out of the woods — and firefighters will continue to battle the massive blaze at the landmark well into the night.
There’s a risk that some of the historic cathedral’s interior structures could collapse, said Paris fire chief Jean-Claude Gallet.
Firefighters will work overnight to cool them down, he said.
Meanwhile, one official said it would take “decades” to rebuild the landmark due to the “considerable” damage.
Eric Fischer, Director of the Foundation of l’Œuvre Notre-Dame, which is responsible for the 850-year-old Gothic cathedral’s preservation, made the comment to Le Parisien, adding that France is “fortunate” to have a good network of craftsmen to work on the structure.
Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo tweeted a photo of some of the works of arts saved from inside the cathedral thanks to a human chain.
One work left intact was Nicolas Coustou’s Pietà, pictures showed. The crown of thorns — said to be the wreath placed on the head of Jesus before he was crucified — and a tunic worn by St. Louis were also saved from flames, said Hidalgo.
Officials haven’t yet released an inventory of what works have been destroyed. Firefighters struggled to take down some of the large paintings in time, said Notre Dame’s top administrative cleric, Monsignor Patrick Chauvet.
With Post wires