Notre Dame Still Stands – level 2

23-04-2019 07:00

In France, a fire burned down part of the Notre Dame Cathedral. It came down the Cathedral’s spire and burned through the ceiling. The fire started by accident.

The building’s structure and the two towers in the front still stand. A French official said that we are lucky that there were not 15 or 30 more minutes of the fire.

An official directed firefighters to save much of the smaller and important pieces of art. People will take out the larger pieces of art when the building is more stable. The art has smoke damage, but people can repair the works.

Difficult words: spire (a special tower that is usually on a church), structure (the overall shape and design of a building; the ‘skeleton’ of a building), official (someone who works for a government organisation).

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