The historic, centuries-old Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, France caught fire today and first responders are currently struggling to put out the blaze. The church, which was built over 800 years ago, has already lost its spire in the tragic fire, which many are speculating started due to renovation work being done on the cathedral.
This photo, via @tictoc, is horrifying.— ➖Dustin Miller➖ (@spdustin) April 15, 2019
I hope any renovators, visitors, clergy, and churchgoers were able to escape unharmed.
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Another view. Heartbreaking.— ➖Dustin Miller➖ (@spdustin) April 15, 2019
The Notre Dame Cathedral Spire was part of the original construction of the church, and was removed in the late 18th century after suffering wind damage. It was rebuilt in the mid 19th century.
Today, the spire has fallen.pic.twitter.com/i7OWrInIkh
Our very dumb president seems to have been watching television at the time (shocking, I know), and felt the need to tweet some of his firefighting advice.
So horrible to watch the massive fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Perhaps flying water tankers could be used to put it out. Must act quickly!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 15, 2019
Folks on Twitter reacted with the kind of eyeball you’d expect, and many of them recalled Trump’s other phenomenally stupid firefighting advice. (When the California wildfires were raging, Trump blamed the state for not “raking” the forest floors like they do in Finland.)
Everyone knows that the right thing to do when priceless, historic, fragile works of art and architecture are endangered is to drop hundreds of tons of water on them.— Brian Beutler (@brianbeutler) April 15, 2019
God, what an embarrassment. https://t.co/RAvD27nakV
Dropping several tonnes of water on an old wooden roof. Trump! https://t.co/cRBYq10B3A— Eliot Higgins (@EliotHiggins) April 15, 2019
"perhaps flying water tankers could be used to put it out" great idea man. i was gonna go with "arm everyone in france with super soakers" but i think i like yours better https://t.co/456SsExgbu— jordan (@JordanUhl) April 15, 2019
could you not spend every waking moment watching tv? https://t.co/gqYLgnu5Di— Oliver Willis (@owillis) April 15, 2019
The Giant Toddler puts on Firefighter's hat he got for his birthday, runs around house naked shouting, "I Fiweman!" https://t.co/dNuDbo9Sm7— Quinn Cummings (@quinncy) April 15, 2019
No worries folks, the firefighting expert has now logged on https://t.co/Z1z508JsSz— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) April 15, 2019
If only they had raked Notre Dame like they do to the churches in Finland this could have been avoided. pic.twitter.com/cSNmKvcUt0— The Volatile Mermaid (@OhNoSheTwitnt) April 15, 2019
Unfortunately they didn't rake the cathedral floor. https://t.co/E8JZ7gJ6fE— Guy Endore-Kaiser (@GuyEndoreKaiser) April 15, 2019
Meanwhile, the QAnon conspiracy crowd decided to weigh in on what they think caused the fire and it’s just as dumb as you’d expect.
This timeline is truly, truly stupid and heartbreaking.