IN PICTURES: Notre Dame fire under control

Flames burn the roof of the landmark Notre-Dame Cathedral in central Paris on April 15, 2019, potentially involving renovation works being carried out at the site, the fire service said.
 

 

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PARIS - A raging fire that tore through Notre Dame Cathedral in central Paris was under control early Tuesday after the blaze brought its towering spire and roof crashing to the ground, wiping out centuries of priceless heritage central to French culture and history. 

French President Emmanuel Macron vowed to rebuild the cathedral described as the soul of the nation and expressed relief that "the worst had been avoided" in a blaze that had at one point threatened the entire edifice.

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Thousands of Parisians and tourists watched in horror from nearby streets cordoned off by the police as flames engulfed the building and officials tried to save as much as they could of the cathedral's countless treasures, built up over centuries. 

The inferno destroyed the roof of the 850-year-old UNESCO world heritage landmark, whose spectacular Gothic spire collapsed as orange flames and clouds of grey smoke billowed into the early evening sky.

Seen from the Belleville Park, smoke and flames rise during a fire at the landmark Notre-Dame Cathedral in central Paris on April 15, 2019.

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The steeple engulfed in flames collapses as the roof of the Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral burns on April 15, 2019 in Paris. 

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People kneel on the pavement as they pray outside watching flames engulf Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris on April 15, 2019. A colossal fire swept through the famed Notre-Dame Cathedral in central Paris on April 15, 2019.

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A fire fighter douses the flames during a fire at the Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral on April 15, 2019, in the French capital Paris. 

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Firefighters spray water as they work to extinguish a fire at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris early on April 16, 2019. 

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Firefighters (L and R) work to extinguish a fire at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris early on April 16, 2019.

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Firefighters gather near a fire truck as they work to contain a fire at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris early on April 16, 2019. 

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People kneel on the pavement as they pray outside watching flames engulf Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris on April 15, 2019. 

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