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.

A spokesman for the cathedral told AFP that the wooden structure supporting the roof was being gutted by the blaze.

5. Flames and smoke rise from the interior

A spokesman for the cathedral told AFP that the wooden structure supporting the roof was being gutted by the blaze.
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Firefighters are seen dousing the facade of the Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral on the early morning of 16 April.

6. Firefighters worked through the night

Firefighters are seen dousing the facade of the Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral on the early morning of 16 April.
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The Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris on April 16 in the aftermath of a fire that caused its spire to crash to the ground.

7. The extent of the damage

The Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris on April 16 in the aftermath of a fire that caused its spire to crash to the ground.
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Firefighters secure Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris on April 16 in the aftermath of the fire that caused the spire to collapse.

8. Firefighters were still on the scene this morning

Firefighters secure Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris on April 16 in the aftermath of the fire that caused the spire to collapse.
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