BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The world is in shock as historic Paris landmark Notre Dame burns in Paris, France during Holy Week.
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan shared his thoughts Monday about tragic fire at the iconic cathedral.
“Our hearts are breaking watching this horrific scene. Notre Dame is one of the world’s most iconic cathedrals. It isn’t just a part of France’s history; it belongs to the world. Our prayers are with the first responders and everyone involved,” Hogan shared on Facebook.
The Archbishop of Baltimore William Lori also reacted Monday to the fire raging at the Gothic cathedral.
“Archbishop Lori and the people of the Archdiocese of Baltimore offer heart-felt prayers for the people of France as emergency personnel respond to a devastating fire at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris,” the archdiocese tweeted Monday.
Later on Monday night, hundreds of parishioners packed into the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen Monday night for Chrism Mass and to say a prayer for the Notre Dame Cathedral.
“We’re united in the church family so it does affect all of us in a sentimental way,” said Lisa Howard, a parishioner at the mass.
Notre Dame’s roof and spire collapsed about 40 minutes after the fire was first reported.
“When I saw the pictures I was stunned,” said Archbishop Lori. “I was so sad and I wanted to cry because it’s irreplaceable even if someday we’re able to reconstruct and build it as I hope we will it still will never be quite the same,”
In Baltimore, Archbishop Lori said some of the local seminaries are run by the Fathers from Paris, and the cathedral stands as a symbol of historic faith.
“It stands as one of the great centers of Christian life so even if you’ve not been lucky enough to go to Paris and be there and attend a mass, you feel like it’s a part of you, you feel like it’s woven into the fabric of your faith,” Lori said.
Parishioners said the loss is heartbreaking.
“Just sad. Very sad for all of us, my husband and I were shocked,” said Sandy Komalli, a parishioner.
According to reports, the fire may have been started from work related to a $6.8 million renovation project of the cathedral.