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Arizona political leaders heartbroken over Notre Dame Cathedral fire

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PHOENIX – The shock of seeing flames destroying the historic Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on Monday spread all the way to Arizona, as the state’s political leaders expressed sadness and sympathy.

Gov. Doug Ducey sent the state’s prayers to Paris while retweeting a video of people solemnly singing “Ave Maria” as the architectural treasure burned in the distance.

U.S. Sen. Martha McSally and Rep. Ruben Gallego both called the situation “heartbreaking.”

Rep. David Schweikert recalled the joy of attending mass at the famous tourist attraction.

Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick called Our Lady of Paris, the English translation of the cathedral’s French name, “a symbol of France.”

Monday’s blaze collapsed the cathedral’s spire and spread to one of its landmark rectangular towers, but Paris fire chief Jean-Claude Gallet said the church’s structure had been saved after firefighters managed to stop the fire spreading to the northern belfry.

The exact cause of the blaze was not known, but French media quoted the Paris fire brigade as saying the fire is “potentially linked” to a $6.8 million renovation project on the church’s spire and its 250 tons of lead. The Paris prosecutors’ office ruled out arson and possible terror-related motives.

French President Emmanuel Macron pledged to rebuild the church.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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