Green Bay sisters visit Notre Dame shortly before massive fire

PARIS (WBAY)- A pair of sisters from Green Bay are in Paris this week and witnessed Monday's fire at Notre Dame Cathedral.

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Denise and Renee Dauplaise tell Action 2 News This Morning they toured the 850-year-old landmark Monday morning, just hours before the fire broke out.

They describe the crowds watching the fire.

"Just incredible sadness. I mean there were people in tears watching it. And I would say the horror was something that was shared and they were so taken aback, everyone was in silence. There really wasn't a lot of talk where we were. There was just sirens and gasps," Denise told us in a Facetime call.

"We're hoping the engineering of today can rebuild it stronger and better," the sisters told us.

"But I don't know how you're ever going recreate some of the works from some of the Middle Ages masters. It's not just that. You can't build today like they did back then."

The sisters say the cathedral was the first thing they wanted to see on their three day visit.