Apple pledges to donate for Notre Dame restorations

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Almost $1 billion has already poured in from ordinary worshippers and high-powered magnates around the world to restore the fire-ravaged Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, after the French president set a controversial five-year deadline to get the work done.

Mr Letoffe added that contractors working on construction sites had to follow strict guidelines when using electrical tools, and that after finishing for the day, contractors working with heat must remain on site for two hours.

The landmark Gothic cathedral located in the heart of the French capital caught flames on Monday evening.

"Just thinking what can I do to help to stop it, but when the fire got a hold of the church, it just, just like Notre Dame, went up in flames", said Cuff.

A statement from Francois-Henri Pinault said "this tragedy impacts all French people" and "everyone wants to restore life as quickly as possible to this jewel of our heritage".

In addition, Nippon Travel Agency (NTA) is confirming the safety of 78 tourists who were in Paris when the fire engulfed the historic monument, but French authorities said no casualties had been reported. A cause has not been determined, but the building had been under renovation. But "it all depends on human beings", he said.

According to one tally, the amount pledged crossed $700 million.

While St. Boniface Cathedral was never restored to its former stature, Carriere also feels the worldwide significance of Notre Dame will ensure it is rebuilt on a similar scale to the burned structure.

There is no indication that the fire was linked to terror but ISIS fanatics have revelled in the damage to the 850-year-old landmark, a symbol of Western civilisation, just days before Easter. Tim Cook, Apple CEO, also tweeted a promise that Cupertino will be helping finance the rebuilding efforts.

The 12th-century church is home to the organ, relics, stained glass and other works of art of incalculable value, and is a leading tourist attraction. It has not burnt, but no one can tell whether it has been damaged by water.

Bertrand de Feydeau, the vice president of preservation group Fondation du Patrimoine, told France Info radio that the roof -made from latticed oak beams from 5,000 trees - could not be replicated, as France did not have oaks the size of those felled in the 13th century.

"In terms of security, I doubt we could have done more", Monsignor Chauvet said.

"We can thank God that there were no victims", he said on Tuesday.

The cost of a likely multi-year restoration project could itself take a year to become clear, industry experts said.

The cross and statue on Notre-Dame's high altar - sculpted by Nicolas Coustou in 1723 - were believed to have survived intact despite being surrounded by smoke and debris.

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