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Drone footage shows extent fire damage of Notre Dame Cathedral

A video released by The Guardian shows the extent of the fire damage of the Notre Dame Cathedral. In a recent article, it was said that the cathedral was only 15 to 30 minutes away from complete destruction, had the fire reached the bell towers. DJI drones played a key role in preventing that horrible scenario from playing out as they provided strategic information to the fireman as to how the fire was spreading and where to position the firehoses. Today we see in this drone footage by the entire roof is gone as a result of the fire. At one point in the video, you also see the gaping holes in the ceiling left by parts of the roof and the spire collapsing through it. The French President Macron has vowed to restore the cathedral and make it even more beautiful than before within the next five years.

Fire damage Notre Dame Cathedral shown in drone footage

The Guardian writes this about the video:

“Aerial footage reveals the extent of the damage to Notre Dame Cathedral after a fire tore through the 850-year-old structure. Up to 500 firefighters had battled to contain the flames on Monday evening. The French president, Emmanuel Macron, has vowed to rebuild the Paris landmark within five years. The fire started at the base of the 93-metre spire and spread through the cathedral’s ribbed roof, made up of hundreds of oak beams, some dating back to the 13th century”

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Haye Kesteloo is the Editor in Chief and Main Writer at DroneDJ, where he covers all drone related news and writes product reviews. He also contributes to the other sites in the 9to5Mac group such as; 9to5Mac, 9to5Google, 9to5Toys and Electrek. Haye can be reached at or @hayekesteloo