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As historic Notre Dame Cathedral caught fire, UL students, alumni react

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Fire and smoke enveloped Paris as the well-known cathedral of Notre-Dame burned this yesterday, April 15.

The cathedral itself stood for 856 years before the fires. Although the precise reason for the blaze isn’t yet known, the cathedral was undergoing renovations at the time.

In a story by CNBC, a French fire official said the cathedral has been saved from total destruction. Though parts of the cathedral, namely the spire, fell to the flames. Visitors and Parisians alike are currently gathered around the building to watch firefighters try and save a part of the world’s history.

“So sad tonight to see this part of all of us burn," French President Emmanuel Macron said.

University of Louisiana at Lafayette Student Government Association Senator Christine Savoie said she felt devastated by the fires and recalled her time visiting the cathedral.

“I was in complete awe. Before stepping inside, I studied the archways.” Savoie said. “They have lots of intricate carvings and I was amazed so much detail went into something as simple as an archway,”

Savoie said she grew up with movies like “The Hunchback of Notre-Dame” so standing in front of the building was something of a dream. When she heard the news about the fires, she said she hardly believed it.

“I thought it wasn’t true for a bit,” Savoie said. “Until I Googled it then began to break down in Judice Inn.”

UL Lafayette alumni, Simone K. Goode who also visited the cathedral, said she was heartbroken but hopeful for rebuilding in the future.

“I’m heartbroken but hopeful in the long term they will rebuild this glorious awe-inspiring place better than It was before the fire.”

Live coverage can be found at CNN and other news outlets.

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