Paris firefighters succeed after 12-hour battle to extinguish Notre Dame Cathedral blaze

Firefighters declared victory Tuesday, saying that the devastating Notre Dame Cathedral inferno was officially put out after an intense effort to save the more than 850-year-old house of worship in the French capital.

The Paris Fire Service announced on Twitter that firefighters “came to grips with” the blaze at 3:30 a.m. Tuesday, more than 12 hours after nearly 400 firefighters had battled the flames that altered the city’s skyline. Two policemen and one firefighter had been slightly injured, according to the fire service.

Paris firefighters spokesman Gabriel Plus said “the entire fire is out” and that emergency personnel were “surveying the movement of the structures and extinguishing smoldering residues.”

The cathedral’s iconic twin bell towers were visibly intact. The 18th century organ that boasts 8,000 pipes also appeared to have survived, along with other treasures inside the structure, officials said.

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