Smoke and flames rise from Notre-Dame Cathedral on April 15, 2019.

Notre-Dame fire in pictures: 850 years at the centre of French life

A huge fire swept through the roof of the famed Notre-Dame Cathedral in central Paris last night, sending flames and huge clouds of grey smoke billowing into the sky.

It took firefighters hours to control the blaze. which resulted in the collapse of the famous spire to collapse. The cause is unknown but officials have said it was possibly linked to ongoing renovation work.

One of the stained-glass windows at the Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral in Paris, which is likely to have been destroyed by the fire.

9. Historic stained glass under threat

One of the stained-glass windows at the Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral in Paris, which is likely to have been destroyed by the fire.
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The choir screen at Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral in Paris. Crowds of stunned Parisians and tourists watched on in horror in central Paris as flames engulfed the Cathedral.

10. Choir screen inside the Cathedral

The choir screen at Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral in Paris. Crowds of stunned Parisians and tourists watched on in horror in central Paris as flames engulfed the Cathedral.
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Inside the Cathedral there were many historical artefacts including this funerary monument to Archbishop Jean-Baptiste de Belloy.

11. Historical artefacts could be gone

Inside the Cathedral there were many historical artefacts including this funerary monument to Archbishop Jean-Baptiste de Belloy.
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The Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral was popular with tourists and was one of the most visited attractions in the city.

12. Notre-Dame as it was

The Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral was popular with tourists and was one of the most visited attractions in the city.
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