Despite his comments, experts had warned a full restoration will take many years.
Cathedral bells rang out across France in honour of the Notre Dame on Wednesday evening. "The stone can deteriorate when it is exposed to high temperatures and change its mineral composition and fracture inside".
"It was disbelief at first, we were on route and the security driver said, "Notre Dame is burning", and I thought you must be joking", Michelle continued.
Notre-Dame is not the first French cathedral to suffer a devastating fire.
Durand also said that due to the upheaval of the time, the cathedral's 18th-century interior had a darker feel than recent visitors would have experienced.
The rector of the cathedral, Bishop Patrick Chauvet, on Wednesday said it would remain closed for five to six years.
France's Prime Minister, Édouard Philippe, announced the creation of an worldwide architecture competition to replace the renowned 19th-century spire that collapsed in the blaze.
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Macron said Tuesday he wants the cathedral to be rebuilt in five years; tycoons and global firms have promised financial and expert help. He said firefighters rushed into the chamber of the cathedral at the height of the fire to make the rescue.
He also expressed concern for the stability of the cathedral and its central rose window.
Paris Firefighters' spokesman Lt. -Col. "They are holding up all by themselves", he said, adding that some statues must be removed to lessen the weight on the gables.
The President's declaration came as investigators interviewed dozens of workers who had been involved in a long-overdue restoration project at the famed cathedral.
Mr Hale wrote, in the now-deleted tweet: "A Jesuit friend in Paris who works in #NotreDame told me cathedral staff said the fire was intentionally set".
There has been huge global interest in the restoration efforts, and numerous billionaires have pledged funds to help rebuild damaged sections of the legendary cathedral.
Presidential cultural heritage envoy Stephane Bern told broadcaster France-Info on Wednesday that 880 million euros ($995 million) has been raised so far.