Fire crews are working to try to stop the quickly spreading flames at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris and attempting to save some of the relics. Officials say while the immediate cause of the fire is not clear, they do not believe it is connected to terrorism. The blaze may have been caused by renovation work going on inside the building. The areas surrounding the church have been cleared as a precaution. Images are circulating on social media showing plumes of smoke going up into the air that are so thick that the church can no longer be seen in the background. The church has stood at the center of the city for the last 850-years.
A number of the religious relics associated with Notre Dame are said to be safe, while the fate of others, including some connected to Jesus Christ, is unknown. Last Thursday more than a dozen medieval statues were removed from the cathedral's spire at part of the renovation project. Sixteen nine-foot high statues representing the apostles and four evangelists were taken down by crane and shipped to southwestern France where they will be restored. The cathedral also contained several other holy relics, including what was said to be pieces of the original cross where Jesus was crucified as well as part of the thorned crown that he wore that day. The fate of those items, along with what was said to be one of the nails from the crucifixion is unknown.
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