The devastating Notre Dame Cathedral fire, in 19 photos

Smoke and flames rise during a fire at the landmark Notre Dame Cathedral in central Paris, France, on April 15, 2019.

Stunning images of the iconic gothic landmark in Paris, France, engulfed in flames.

The iconic Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France, was engulfed a massive fire Monday evening that has destroyed the monument’s spire and threatened to consume the entire structure.

After fire crews battled the relentless flames for hours, Paris fire officials said late Monday night that the cathedral’s two main rectangular towers had been “saved and preserved,” though much of the monument’s roof has been destroyed along with the spire.

The extent of the damage to the rest of the cathedral is not yet clear. “We’re still working to save the cathedral’s work of arts,” Laurent Nunez, secretary to France’s interior minister, told reporters Monday.

The blaze erupted at the centuries-old cathedral on Monday around 6:30 pm local time; news of the fire spread rapidly on social media as people shared photos showing bright-orange flames and smoke pouring from a spire of the church.

Images on social media later showed the cathedral’s spire collapsing, swallowed up by the blaze.

The cause of the fire is not yet clear, though police told the Guardian that it appeared to be an accident and linked to restoration work. The approximately 800-year-old church, which is one of Paris’s most cherished attractions, has been in desperate need of repairs and restoration.

Tourists were reportedly inside the building and had to be evacuated when the flames broke out. There have been no reports of any injuries so far, though, and fire crews are continuing to fight to put the blaze completely out.

A Photo of a French police drone from above Notre Dame Cathedral. The fire is much worse than it looked from the ground. #NotreDame #skynews pic.twitter.com/7crHNxsm5W

— Fr. Grant Ciccone ☩ (@FrGrantCiccone) April 15, 2019

“The worst has been avoided, even if the battle is not yet totally won,” French President Emmanuel Macron told reporters around midnight. He vowed to rebuild the cathedral and said a national campaign to raise money for the reconstruction would be launched Tuesday.

The images of the gothic cathedral engulfed in flames have captivated people around the world. Here are some of the most devastating photos from the scene of the fire.


Flames and smoke are seen billowing from the roof at Notre Dame Cathedral on April 15, 2019, in Paris, France.Pierre Suu/Getty Images
Flames and smoke are seen billowing from the roof of the Notre Dame Cathedral.
People watch the landmark Notre Dame Cathedral burning in central Paris on April 15, 2019.Nicolas Liponne/NurPhoto via Getty Images
People watch the landmark cathedral burning in central Paris.
Smoke and flames rise during a fire at the Notre Dame Cathedral in central Paris on April 15, 2019, potentially involving renovation work being carried out at the site, the fire service said.Francois Guillot/AFP/Getty Images
The cause of the fire is still unclear, but it could involve the renovation work being carried out at the site, the fire service said.
Flames and smoke are seen billowing from the roof at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on April 15, 2019.Geoffroy Van Der Hasselt/AFP/Getty Images
Flames and smoke are seen billowing from the roof at Notre Dame Cathedral.
A woman reacts as she watches flames engulf the roof of the Notre Dame Cathedral.Geoffroy Van Der Hasselt/AFP/Getty Images
A woman reacts as she watches flames engulf the roof of the Notre Dame Cathedral.
Hundreds gather in central Paris to watch smoke and flames rise from a fire at Notre Dame Cathedral on April 15, 2019.Nicolas Liponne/NurPhoto via Getty Images
Hundreds gather in central Paris to watch smoke and flames rise at the cathedral.
A massive column of smoke rises from the Notre Dame Cathedral in central Paris, France, on April 15, 2019.Nicolas Liponne/NurPhoto via Getty Images
A massive column of smoke rises from the Notre Dame Cathedral in central Paris, France.
A woman reacts as she watches the flames engulf the roof of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on April 15, 2019.Geoffroy Van Der Hasselt/AFP/Getty Images
A woman reacts as she watches the flames engulf the roof.
A huge column of smoke stands above the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris as what the mayor of the French capital described as a “terrible fire.”Christian Böhmer/Picture Alliance via Getty Images
A huge column of smoke stands above what the mayor of the French capital described as a “terrible fire.”
Firefighters douse flames and smoke billowing from the roof at Notre Dame Cathedral.Bertrand Guay/AFP/Getty Images
Firefighters douse flames and smoke billowing from the roof of the cathedral.
Flames and smoke are seen billowing from the roof of the Notre Dame Cathedral.Chesnot/Getty Images
Flames and smoke are seen billowing from the roof.
A shot of central Paris shows flames and smoke billowing from the roof at Notre Dame Cathedral.Chesnot/Getty Images
A view of the flames rising from Ile de la Cité in central Paris.
A series of photos shows the spire, engulfed in flames, collapsing.Geoffroy Van Der Hasselt/AFP/Getty Images
A series of photos shows the spire, engulfed in flames, collapsing.
Onlookers watch as firefighters battle the blaze.Arina Lebedeva/TASS via Getty Images
Onlookers watch as firefighters battle the blaze.
Parisians gather next to the cathedral to pray as the structure burns.Chesnot/Getty Images
Parisians gather next to the cathedral to pray as the structure burns.
Parisians and tourists gather on the Pont de la Tournelle to watch the cathedral as it burns.Marc Piasecki/Getty Images
Parisians and tourists gather on the Pont de la Tournelle to watch the cathedral as it burns.
A light atop the Eiffel Tower pierces the smoke billowing from the top of the cathedral as firefighters struggle to contain the fire.Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images
A light atop the Eiffel Tower pierces the smoke billowing from the top of the cathedral as firefighters struggle to contain the fire.
Night falls as firefighters continue to battle the flames.Thomas Samson/AFP/Getty Images
Night falls as firefighters continue to battle the flames.

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