A picture taken on April 16, 2019, shows the altar surrounded by charred debris inside the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris in the aftermath of a fire that devastated the cathedral. French investigators probing the devastating blaze at Notre-Dame Cathedral on April 15, 2019, questioned workers who were renovating the monument on April 16, as hundreds of millions of euros were pledged to restore the historic masterpiece. As firefighters put out the last smouldering embers, a host of French billionaires and companies stepped forward with offers of cash worth around 600 million euros ($680 million) to remake the iconic structure. (Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images)
A picture taken on April 16, 2019, shows the altar surrounded by charred debris inside the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris in the aftermath of a fire that devastated the cathedral. French investigators probing the devastating blaze at Notre-Dame Cathedral on April 15, 2019, questioned workers who were renovating the monument on April 16, as hundreds of millions of euros were pledged to restore the historic masterpiece. As firefighters put out the last smouldering embers, a host of French billionaires and companies stepped forward with offers of cash worth around 600 million euros ($680 million) to remake the iconic structure. (Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images)

Workers will attempt to begin a $12 million renovation process in the coming days to preserve the infrastructure of Paris’ historic Notre Dame cathedral following a horrific fire Monday, according to French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner.

The fire, which was completely extinguished Tuesday, reportedly broke out on the roof, which was constructed from giant oak beams, including some dating back to the 13th century.

Castaner said there is still structural risk to the building, adding that it will take months to reconstruct the 850-year-old cathedral.

A team of 50 investigators will seek to identify the precise reason for the fire, though authorities said there was nothing to suggest it was anything other than accidental.

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