Parisians hold vigil for Notre Dame Cathedral after fire

The fire is under investigation as French authorities try to secure what is left of the structure. ABC News' Elizabeth Hur reports.
2:11 | 04/17/19

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Turning out to the people of France morning notre dom but bound tour billed as we learned more about the initial response that devastating fire. Overnight regions gathered at a central to sing and pray thankful that their beloved Eagles escaped total destruction. In a show of solidarity the Empire State Building here in New York lit up in the colors of the French flag. ABC's Elizabeth her has new. This morning the focus of French authorities securing what's left notre dom in identifying weaknesses in the structure. That according to the French junior Interior Minister telling reporters they have identified some vulnerabilities. So as a precaution nearby residents were evacuated and the work of seeding and removing what was spear to the fire continued. Including this statue on the cathedrals facade. Last night per regions pausing to grieve the beloved landmark. Cheering for firefighters. Pierce's mayor even calling this man the purest fire brigade chaplain I hero. For insisting on blending into the burning cathedral with firefighters. To help recover the crown of thorns in the church's position for nearly 800 years. This video now providing a dramatic look at what the firefighters were up against. As a timeline of the disaster is also emerging. The first alarm sounded 0620 PM Monday inspectors searched the building but found nothing then came another alarm at 643. This time there were flames and it was too late that 23 minute gap now part of an investigation authorities say will be long and complex. This as French president Manuel map crone is promising the cathedral will be rebuilt in just five years. Asked for a cause it is still early but officials believe it was an accident possibly connected to the restoration work that was going on at the time of the fires so investigators. Now they plan on interviewing workers from the five companies hired. To do the renovations can at containing and already about 700 million dollars pledge to help rebuild Elizabeth her thank you.

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