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In pictures: Notre-Dame cathedral ravaged by fire

Fabien Barrau / AFP | Smoke billows as flames burn through the roof of the Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral on April 15, 2019, in the French capital Paris.
Fabien Barrau / AFP | Smoke billows as flames burn through the roof of the Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral on April 15, 2019, in the French capital Paris.

Paris's 850-year-old Notre-Dame Cathedral was ravaged by flames Monday night, causing the collapse of its central spire and untold damage to the medieval building, though firefighters said they were able to save the main structure.

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The moment the cathedral's 19th-century spire collapsed. AFP
The moment the cathedral's 19th-century spire collapsed. AFP

Around 500 firefighters were called on to tackle the blaze, which began at 18:50 (16:50 GMT). AFP
Around 500 firefighters were called on to tackle the blaze, which began at 18:50 (16:50 GMT). AFP

The 12th-century cathedral had been undergoing long-awaited renovations when the blaze broke out. AFP
The 12th-century cathedral had been undergoing long-awaited renovations when the blaze broke out. AFP

People gather to pray as they watch the battle to save the cathedral from total destruction. AFP
People gather to pray as they watch the battle to save the cathedral from total destruction. AFP

French President Emmanuel Macron arrives at the scene. Macron vowed the cathedral would be rebuilt. AFP
French President Emmanuel Macron arrives at the scene. Macron vowed the cathedral would be rebuilt. AFP

An aerial view of the blaze. AFP
An aerial view of the blaze. AFP

Smoke surrounds the cross of Notre-Dame's altar. AFP
Smoke surrounds the cross of Notre-Dame's altar. AFP

With the fire under control, teams were able to enter the cathedral and see the extent of the damage caused. AFP
With the fire under control, teams were able to enter the cathedral and see the extent of the damage caused. AFP

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