Competition to rebuild Notre Dame's iconic spire

France's prime minister has announced "an international architecture competition" to rebuild the iconic arrow-like spire atop the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, which caught fire on Monday evening.
1:44 | 04/17/19

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Bells rang across France today. Exactly 48 hours after tragedy struck the heart of Paris France is wasting no time rebuilding its beloved notre dom cathedral. These trucks have already ruled team stacked with wooden planks to patch the damage to group. That group called the forest constructed of roughly thirteen thousand oak trees. More than 800 years ago France president Emanuel Mack kral addressed the nation promising to restore the cathedral within five years. And that the vehicle formed in all that there's a great deal to be rebuilt. We will make the cathedral. Down won't even more beautiful but there's a lot of work to do in this drone footage you can see widespread damage a gaping hole where this fire points to. It's toppling during the inferno transmitted around the world so yeah now the French prime minister has announced an international architectural competition to replace it as inspectors gauge the cathedrals overall stability. One official says it was fifteen minutes away from collapse before the fire for any gain control. The first alarm sounded at 620 month the church organist was inside. To play on a more hiring but no bugs eaten you exactly what twelve budget for the first time that we heard it. Inside a technical. Inspectors searched the building finding nothing but then another alarm at 643. This time it was too late wings already consumed over. That 23 minute gap now the focus of an intense investigation. As the search for a cause continues investigators are also interviewing. Representatives of five restoration companies who were working at the cathedral at the time of the fire. Josh tiger ABC news Paris.

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