Ellsworth High School students in front of the Cathedral of Notre Dame, a day before it was partially destroyed by fire. COURTESY CARRIE RICHARDS KUTNY

EHS students visit cathedral day before fire

ELLSWORTH — A group of Ellsworth High School students visited the Cathedral of Notre Dame a day before its iconic spire collapsed in flames.

“I am so sad for Paris,” said teacher Carrie Richards Kutny, one of the group’s leaders. Kutny said in a Facebook message that the cathedral was the first site students visited after arriving on Saturday. They tried to go inside twice, said Kutny, but “it didn’t work out” because of long lines. They had planned to visit the cathedral on Tuesday.

“I’m so sorry that they didn’t get to see the inside,” Kutny said.

The cathedral, whose name translates to “Our Lady of Paris,” was built over 250 years beginning in 1160. Part of its iconic spire collapsed in Monday’s fire, as did the roof, according to according to news reports from Reuters. The spire was reportedly undergoing extensive renovations at the time the blaze began.

“We are weeping with Paris,” Kutny said.

Kate Cough

Kate Cough

Kate covers the city of Ellsworth, including the Ellsworth School Department and the city police beat, as well as the towns of Amherst, Aurora, Eastbrook, Great Pond, Mariaville, Osborn, Otis and Waltham. She lives in Southwest Harbor and welcomes story tips and ideas. She can be reached at [email protected]

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