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.

The cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, looking towards the east, circa 1850. An engraving by Radcliffe after a drawing by Augustus Pugin Jr.

13. Historic landmark in the city

The cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, looking towards the east, circa 1850. An engraving by Radcliffe after a drawing by Augustus Pugin Jr.
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