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Local Man Inside Notre Dame Hours Before Fire

“The experience yesterday was just surreal.” said Joey Pons.

After just landing in Paris, Joey Pons and his family wanted to take in the sights and sounds.

“We got to the cathedral and there were thousands of people and the line was very long to get in about several hundred people long and I was ready to bail.” said Pons.

But, he decided to wait out the long lines to see the history the almost 900 year old building holds.

“The first thing I noticed were how high the structure was. It was towering. The stained glass was truly incredible. I never seen stained glass or anything like that before.” said Pons, “It’s something to behold. It’s something you have to see to appreciate.

After snapping photos to remember their experience, they continued with their Parisian excursion. Not knowing they would be amoung the last few to stand in the Notre Dame in it’s original lore.

“All of a sudden there were many police cars moving across the street where we were enjoying our cocktail and I told my wife, something wasn’t right.” said Pons.

Pons said smoke could be seen from Notre Dame.

“It didn’t occur to me what was going on.” said Pons, “My friend commented on a post saying I hope you’re okay the Notre Dame was on fire and I was like ‘what!?’ and sure enough.”

During their Tuesday sight seeing- The Pons family was able to see the real damage of the blaze from the top of the Eiffel Tower.

“You couldn’t miss it.” said Pons, “And you could see the darkenss of the burn marks on the back half of the building.”

“You know I didn’t witness it, but I read about people singing Ave Maria. It reminded me of 9/11 and how people got together in the tragedy of 9/11 and they’ll do that here as well.” said Pons.