PSG offers support to rebuild Notre Dame Cathedral

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The Notre Dame Cathedral is on fire in central Paris, capital of France, on April 15, 2019. A blaze broke out on Monday afternoon at the Notre Dame Cathedral in central Paris where firefighters were still fighting to put the fire under control, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo said. (Xinhua/Gao Jing)

The Paris Saint-Germain family provides long-term support for rebuilding Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris engulfed by a major fire on Monday, the Ligue 1 club announced on Tuesday.

"In the aftermath of the fire that ravaged part of the Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral, Paris Saint-Germain shares the immense emotion of all Parisians, the French people and those around the world who have been shocked and saddened by this disaster," it said in a statement.

The blaze broke out at around 1645 GMT on Monday. It was put out after burning for 15 hours.

The club said that it has already started to bring together all its key stakeholders, main partners and huge community of fans both in Paris and abroad, aiming to start or participate in a series of initiatives such as fundraising events that will be part of the tremendous campaign to rebuild the cathedral in the following years.

The 850-year-old Gothic building Notre Dame Cathedral has attracted millions of visitors annually.

The Paris fire service said on its official Twitter account that nearly 400 firefighters attended the scene, while "two police officers and a firefighter were slightly injured."

"Paris Saint-Germain would also like to express its admiration and solidarity towards the Paris Fire Brigade, whose commitment and bravery made it possible to overcome the flames and limit the extent of the damage. The club will also provide support to the firefighters," added the club statement. 

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