At 6:20 pm local time (12 pm EST) on Monday afternoon a horrific fire broke out and nearly destroyed the historic Norte Dame Cathedral in Paris, France.
According to the Guardian, the fire started at the base of the 93-meter spire of the nearly 900-year-old cathedral. It spread through the ribbed roof, which was made up of hundreds of oak beams, some dating back to the 13th century.
It took nearly 500 firefighters about 12 hours to tackle the massive fire. Every available resource was used to successfully extinguish the blaze including the use of drones.
“Paintings, chairs, objects and candle holders, it was absolutely extraordinary because it’s a miracle what was saved here,” Christophe Girard, Paris’ deputy mayor, told CBS News.
Firefighters borrowed the DJI Mavic Pro and DJI Matrice M210 from the Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of Culture to establish a strategy against the flames. The drones provided firefighters with insight into how the fire was spreading as well as perspective on how to better orient the positions of fire hoses.
Gabriel Plus, Paris firefighters spokesman, reportedly said, “It is thanks to these drones, to this new technique absolutely unavoidable today, that we could make tactical choices to stop this fire at a time when it was potentially occupying the two belfries.”
French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe says that the government will take a series of measures to secure the financing and accelerate the renovation work of Notre Dame Cathedral. The Associated Press reports that almost $1 billion has already been raised.
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