It didn't even rate as 'sad'. Fires happen. Buildings that get burned down can usually be rebuilt. Why should that building rate as more tragic than if my house burned down? Now THAT would be a fairly major tragedy in my life.
I shed no tears for the event in Paris. I was unmoved by it, just as I was unmoved when Yorkminster (a Protestant Cathedral in England) went on fire with a lightning strike in 1984. That was an immense drama because the lightning struck right after the archbishop had spoken ungodly things in public. That blaze was just like the one this week in Notre Dame. Despite Yorkminster being rebuilt, there are large areas that never were, such was the damage. So bear in mind that I was equally unmoved by a Protestant Cathedral going up in flames.
I feel no concern for such buildings, when millions of people are sleeping rough, or in tin shacks, or in refugee tent cities. Notre Dame houses relics of ‘the true cross’ and ‘the crown of thorns.’ All the dismay is about art-works, architecture and history. In fact, it’s disgusting that, already, vast sums of money have been pledged to restore Notre Dame. It’s sickening because the planet may reach tipping point with climate change shortly after they rebuild it. Something like this shows clearly what people prioritize - outward appearances - buildings - status symbols. No, not a single tear will fall from my eyes, just as none fell for the burning of Yorkminster.