Notre Dame was minutes away from collapsing, officials say

Jean-Marc Fournier, chaplain of the Paris Fire Brigade, and his team broke into the area holding the famed Crown of Thorns to save the relic from the fire.
2:05 | 04/18/19

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This comes days after that devastating fire at notre dame cathedral this morning. The hero chaplain who saved the crown of thorns is speaking out. James Longman is there with the good morning, James. Reporter: Good morning, Amy. Well, they are now planning to move Easter celebrations to two other major churches here, but the religious community is breathing a definite sigh of relief at how many religious relics were saved. As a city and nation and begin to rebuild their history, stories of heroism rise from the ashes. French officials now say notre dame was just 15 to 30 minutes away from total collapse if not for the bravery of firefighters who beat the flames away from the famous bell towers. Inside as the roof fell around them, the brave crusaders who rushed in to save some of christianity's most important relics, including the crown of thorns, believed to have been worn by Jesus. This morning, the hero chaplain who helped save the artifact is speaking out. The goal of this action was to preserve this extraordinary relic, this world heritage. As the iconic spire came crash doing to the cathedral floor, jean-marc and his team came out holding the crown. They unlocked its container and got it to safety. Once we got permission, we rushed to the cathedral, and during this time, we arrived and saw that the other team was already there. They had already broken the protection and found an attendant who had the code and he managed to take the crown of thorns out. Now ahead of Easter Sunday, the sound of solidarity. At 6:50 yesterday evening, church bells rang for their beloved cathedral as she sits still unable to return their call. Most experts think it will take at least ten years to rebuild this place, and it has of course, devastated Paris, but Easter celebrations with their themes of renewal and rebirth will have a special significance this year for sure. Guys? Well put. Well put, James. Thank you.

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