& # 39; We saw his beauty – and minutes later it was gone & # 39 ;: New Jersey high school students touring Notre Dame before it went up in flames, saying they smoke, but didn't think so
- School children from New Jersey toured the Notre Dame moments before it caught fire
- A teacher reportedly even smoked smoke when they visited the medieval building
- The group ate dinner when they discovered that the cathedral was on fire
A group of New Jersey children toured the doomed Notre-Dame cathedral moments before an eruption flooded the medieval building.
A teacher who accompanied the school leaders reportedly smelled smoke during their visit.
The children of the Leonia public school group left the 850-year-old cathedral & # 39; a few minutes & # 39; before the huge inferno destroyed the roof and the old spire.
The fire broke out in the UNESCO World Heritage monument in the French capital on Monday, with the spire and roof thumping against the ground when flames and clouds of smoke rippled in the air.
The schoolchildren from New Jersey had left Notre Dame in the center of Paris just before it caught fire
A teacher who was in school reportedly smelled smoke in the cathedral, but & # 39; didn't think so & & # 39;
The fire, which at some point threatened the entire building, was brought under control on Tuesday evening about nine hours after it broke out.
While in Notre Dame, one of the teachers even thought there was a smell of smoke in the air, but she didn't think so, the students said, according to CBS New York.
The group of students from New Jersey were dining when they realized that the historic monument was on fire.
Edward Bertolini, the school district inspector, was on an 11-day French trip with 26 high school students and four other supervisors.
He told CBS2: & # 39; It was a surreal moment because we just saw the beauty of the church, and then, a few minutes later, it disappeared.
& # 39; We have been to many different churches, museums. This was by far the nicest. & # 39;
Flames and smoke rise from the fire in Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on Monday
The group began receiving text messages from friends in the United States and rushed to destroy the safety of a nearby bridge.
Official said today that part of the support structure around the rose windows of Notre Dame Cathedral must be dismantled to prevent further damage after the massive fire.
Senior Jenna Khansa, who was on a school trip, told the TV network: & I ran out of the restaurant with my phone in my hand to answer and as soon as I turned away from the fire, I got very emotional and started to cry. & # 39;
Today it appeared that while other ancient European monuments were updated with firestops, Notre Dame was not equipped with these measures.
Passive fire-resistant measures to seal openings and joints in a wall or floor and to prevent the spread of flames or sprinkler systems were intentionally not installed in Notre Dame to prevent electrical wires in the roof of the forest, leaving it surrendered to the grace of building work that began in 1163.
It also seems that practice drills for fire evacuation were not performed because the organist who played & # 39; evening when the fire broke out said people did not respond immediately when the alarm went off because & # 39; no one knew exactly what it was because it was the first time we heard it inside the cathedral & # 39 ;.