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In pictures: Blaze at iconic Paris cathedral

The cause of the fire is unknown, but officials say it was possibly linked to ongoing restoration work
The cause of the fire is unknown, but officials say it was possibly linked to ongoing restoration work

Notre-Dame Cathedral was engulfed by a roaring blaze yesterday that devastated the Parisian landmark, a searing loss for the city and for France.

Flames that began in the early evening burst through the roof of the centuries-old cathedral and engulfed the spire, which collapsed, quickly followed by the entire roof. 

A huge plume of smoke wafted across the city and ash fell over a large area. Parisians watched on, many of them lost for words.

Major fire devastates Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris
Firefighters bring massive blaze at Notre-Dame Cathedral under control

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