A Filipina-American shared on social media the tragic fire that destroyed the iconic Norte Dame Cathedral in Paris, France on Monday.
Hollywood publicist and Philippine philanthropist Kimberly Sowles moved to Paris 2 years ago and has been living near the Notre Dame Cathedral.
Sowles watched from 600 meters away as the cathedral burned.
“I’m walking there and I see it. I just was in shock. There’s so many people but, it was so quiet, just focused on what was happening, and all you can hear was just sirens. Like you don’t care that anyone else was there, and people came together,” Sowles said.
For now, officials are treating the blaze that gutted out the inside of the 13th century landmark as an accident, ruling out arson and terrorism.
Sowles, who travels to the Philippines for her own philanthropic projects, said she’s ready to help her adopted home.
“It’s something that’s touched our lives. It’s something that’s real important to people here. I already heard the people here want to donate millions of dollars,” she said.
In the 2 years since Sowles has moved to Paris, she’s seen her adopted city go through several tragedies including terror attacks but each time, she’s seen the people recover from tragedy.
“They’re very resilient, they’re strong, they don’t let anything get to them, they don’t dwell on things and I feel that’s how they move on over here and they try to do the best that they can start new,” she said.
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