In Pictures: Catastrophic Fire Engulfs Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral
A colossal fire swept through the famed Notre-Dame Cathedral in central Paris on Monday, causing a spire to collapse and threatening to destroy the entire masterpiece and its precious artworks.
A colossal fire swept through the famed Notre-Dame Cathedral in central Paris on Monday, causing a spire to collapse and threatening to destroy the entire masterpiece and its precious artworks.(Photo Courtesy: AP)

In Pictures: Catastrophic Fire Engulfs Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral

A catastrophic fire engulfed the upper reaches of Paris' soaring Notre Dame Cathedral as it was undergoing renovations on Monday, 15 April, threatening one of the greatest architectural treasures of the Western world as tourists and Parisians looked on aghast from the streets below.

The blaze collapsed the cathedral's spire and spread to one of its landmark rectangular towers. A spokesman said the entire wooden frame of the cathedral would likely come down, and that the vault of the edifice could be threatened too.

Flames and smoke rise from Notre Dame cathedral as it burns in Paris on 15 April, 2019. Massive plumes of yellow brown smoke is filling the air above Notre Dame Cathedral and ash is falling on tourists and others around the island that marks the center of Paris.
Flames and smoke rise from Notre Dame cathedral as it burns in Paris on 15 April, 2019. Massive plumes of yellow brown smoke is filling the air above Notre Dame Cathedral and ash is falling on tourists and others around the island that marks the center of Paris.
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Flames and smoke rise as the spire on Notre Dame cathedral collapses in Paris.
Flames and smoke rise as the spire on Notre Dame cathedral collapses in Paris.
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Fire engulfed the Notre Dame cathedral.
Fire engulfed the Notre Dame cathedral.
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The cause of the blaze was not known, but French media quoted the Paris fire brigade as saying the fire is "potentially linked" to a 6 million-euro ($6.8 million) renovation project on the church's spire and its 250 tons of lead.

Prosecutors opened an investigation as Paris police said there were no reported deaths. Some 400 firefighters were battling the blaze well into the night.

Massive plumes of yellow brown smoke is filling the air above Notre Dame Cathedral and ash is falling on tourists and others around the island that marks the center of Paris.
Massive plumes of yellow brown smoke is filling the air above Notre Dame Cathedral and ash is falling on tourists and others around the island that marks the center of Paris.
(Photo: AP)
Smoke fill the air as Notre Dame cathedral is burning in Paris on 15 April.
Smoke fill the air as Notre Dame cathedral is burning in Paris on 15 April.
(Photo: AP)
Flames rise from Notre Dame cathedral as it burns in Paris.
Flames rise from Notre Dame cathedral as it burns in Paris.
(Photo: AP)
People watch as flames and smoke rise from Notre Dame cathedral as it burns in Paris.
People watch as flames and smoke rise from Notre Dame cathedral as it burns in Paris.
(Photo: AP)
A catastrophic fire engulfed the upper reaches of Paris’ soaring Notre Dame Cathedral as it was undergoing renovations Monday, threatening one of the greatest architectural treasures of the Western world as tourists and Parisians looked on aghast from the streets below.
A catastrophic fire engulfed the upper reaches of Paris’ soaring Notre Dame Cathedral as it was undergoing renovations Monday, threatening one of the greatest architectural treasures of the Western world as tourists and Parisians looked on aghast from the streets below.
(Photo: AP)

Flames shot out of the roof behind the nave of the cathedral, among the most visited landmarks in the world. Hundreds of people lined up bridges around the island that houses the church, watching in shock as acrid smoke rose in plumes.

People watch as flames and smoke rise from Notre Dame cathedral as it burns in Paris.
People watch as flames and smoke rise from Notre Dame cathedral as it burns in Paris.
(Photo: AP)

Parisians have gathered to say prayers and sing hymns In front of the nearby Saint Julien Les Pauvres church as the massive blaze at Notre Dame Cathedral burns only a few hundred meters away.

Flames and smoke rose in the sky behind the singers. A couple hundred people kneeling in prayer at the center of a larger group, who are standing around the edge and joining in the hymns between the prayers.

People pray as Notre Dame cathedral burns in Paris on Monday, 15 April, 2019.
People pray as Notre Dame cathedral burns in Paris on Monday, 15 April, 2019.
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A group of Americans from Maine had just finished visiting Notre Dame Cathedral and were in a nearby park when they heard it was on fire.

Firefighters tackle the blaze as flames and smoke rise from Notre Dame cathedral as it burns in Paris.
Firefighters tackle the blaze as flames and smoke rise from Notre Dame cathedral as it burns in Paris.
(Photo: AP)

Built in the 12th and 13th centuries, Notre Dame is the most famous of the Gothic cathedrals of the Middle Ages as well as one of the most beloved structures in the world. Situated on the Ile de la Cite, an island in the Seine river, its architecture is famous for, among other things, its many gargoyles and its iconic flying buttresses.

Fire fighter sprays liquid to control fire.
Fire fighter sprays liquid to control fire.
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The French president pledged to rebuild a cathedral that he called "a part of us" and appealed for help to do so.

Smoke and flames seen in the interior of the cathedral.
Smoke and flames seen in the interior of the cathedral.
(Photo: Pool via AP)

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