The French agency in charge of emergency management shot down the US President Donald Trump’s recommendation that “ flying water tankers” could assist to extinguish the blaze at Notre Dame Cathedral of Paris, remarking that the water-bombing could cause the entire building to subside.
Trump had suggested the idea in an afternoon tweet briefly after TV networks started to refreshing images of the historic cathedral ruined in blazes. The US President posted on Twitter, “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 ”.
He also cited the cathedral in comments at an event Minnesota, telling the crowd, “ they don’t know what caused it. They say renovation, and I hope that’s the reason. Renovation? What’s that all about?”
After the President finished his speech, the French civil defense department sent out tweets – three in French, followed by one in English – which made no citation of the US President but recounted the inability of using aircraft to drench the fire.
The department said in its English-language tweet, “hundreds of firemen of the Paris Fire Brigade are doing everything they can to bring the terrible #NotreDame fire under control ”. He also added, “ all means are being used, except for water-bombing aircraft which, if used, could lead to the collapse of the entire structure of the cathedral.”
The cathedral has supported at the heart of Paris for more than 800 years. Cathedral representative Andre Finot told French media that the building had endured “colossal damage”. But later Monday, the official told that iconic twin towers which the exterior of the building had been maintained.
There are different challenges for extinguishing a fire in a cathedral, as per the information to US Fire Administrator Keith Bryant.