Rochester native captures images of Paris before and after Notre Dame Cathedral fire

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) – A young woman from Rochester was among the final tourists to see Notre Dame Cathedral as it was on the inside– before flames devoured parts of the historic landmark.

Gracie Bigler’s family confirmed with KTTC that she is safe tonight.

Her mother shared photos and videos that Bigler captured before and after the flames erupted.

She toured Notre Dame about two hours before the fire began.

She is a Fibers major at the Savannah College of Art and Design, currently studying at the Lacoste, France campus.

Her studies brought her to Paris this week.

KTTC tried to speak with her Monday night, but it was already very late in France.

We caught up with her in the early morning Hours Tuesday on NewsCenter Today. She described a shift in mood since the fire.

“It’s very quiet here. This morning it was dark and rainy. I’ve been in Paris 2 1/2 days. Before, it was smiley and there was music playing on the street, but today I didn’t see any smiles, it was very solemn,” she explained.


Caitlin Alexander

Caitlin Alexander

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