UD student studying abroad reacts to Notre Dame burning

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PARIS (WDTN) — A University of Dayton student studying abroad in Paris witnessed the flames first-hand as Notre Dame caught fire.

“This was such a huge part of Paris,” reflects UD junior Bridget Kamper.

Never did she think the burning of Notre Dame would be her most memorable moment on study-aboad. She grasps for the words to adequately describe the sight.

“I just can’t even put it into words. It’s unbelieveable,” said Bridget.

Bridget has been in France since January. Her mom and sister were visiting her and heading to dinner when word spread just as fast as the flames. 

“When we were still blocks away we could see like plumes of smoke in the air,” describes Bridget.

Ash poured from the sky as she and the crowd watched in shock and horror.

“When the spire came down there was a huge gasp,” says Bridget. “There were a few people crying.”

The cathedral was a staple on her walk to and from class. Now as she passes by, she’ll be reminded of what the Paris skyline once looked like.

“It’s kind of like what happens now?” questions Bridget. 

Experts are in the process of assessing the structural intergrity of the building and what can be salvaged. The iconic organ remains in tact and the cathdedral’s rose windows survived the fire.

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