WHEN PARIS I S BURN­ING

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - TV Guide - - Front Page -

ON April 15 this year, the world watched in hor­ror as one of the most ma­jes­tic land­marks in Paris went up in flames. Un­der ren­o­va­tion, the 856-year-old mon­u­ment to Catholi­cism and Gothic ar­chi­tec­ture erupted in fire and once a se­cu­rity guard took an ag­o­nis­ing 30 min­utes to find its source, the race was on to save the Cathe­dral from com­plete ruin. In this doc­u­men­tary, film­mak­ers in­ter­view those sent in to bat­tle the blaze in one of the most daunt­ing op­er­a­tions the city’s pom­piers had faced. More than 300 of­fi­cers, from 77 brigades, faced to the fire, burn­ing out of con­trol at 1000 de­grees Cel­sius. The in­ten­sity saw the lead roof dis­solve quickly into molten lava, drip­ping down on the fire­fight­ers below at­tempt­ing to pro­tect pre­cious arte­facts and treasures, in­clud­ing the crown of thorns be­lieved to have been worn by Je­sus Christ at his cru­ci­fix­ion. The in­ferno took down the famed spire and at one point had at least five fire­men trapped in a stair­well. When all seemed lost and the build­ing threat­ened to col­lapse, the French forces threw ev­ery­thing at sal­vaging the church and keep the heart of Paris beat­ing. Piec­ing to­gether news vi­sion and fire de­part­ment footage, this takes view­ers to the front­line of the fight to save Notre Dame. And just like the an­guished on­look­ers who lined the banks of the Seine, watch­ing the dis­as­ter un­fold, you’ll be clutch­ing your rosary beads or a stiff drink by the end.

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