Tom Goodenough

Picture gallery: Notre-Dame cathedral devastated by fire

Picture gallery: Notre-Dame cathedral devastated by fire
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Firefighters are continuing to tackle a blaze that has devastated Notre Dame in Paris. The medieval cathedral's spire and roof have both collapsed as a result of the blaze. President Emmanuel Macron, who has arrived at the scene of the fire in the centre of Paris, said: 'Like all of my countrymen, I am sad tonight to see this part of us burn.'

Thousands of people have gathered outside Notre Dame, with some onlookers singing hymns and openly weeping as rescue workers continue to try and put out the flames in the 850-year old building. Here is a picture gallery showing the devastation:

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Bystanders look on as flames and smoke billow from the roof at Notre-Dame Cathedral[/caption]

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Flames and smoke billow from the roof[/caption]

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Firefighters douse flames rising from the roof[/caption]

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People kneel on the pavement as they pray outside watching flames engulf Notre-Dame Cathedral[/caption]

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Fire took hold of the cathedral earlier this afternoon[/caption]

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The cause of the blaze is not yet clear[/caption]

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French President Emmanuel Macron (L) and Prime Minister Edouard Philippe react as they watch the fire[/caption]

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The steeple collapses at the medieval cathedral[/caption]

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Onlookers gather at the scene of the blaze[/caption]

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People stand on a bridge looking at smoke and flames rising during a fire at the landmark Notre-Dame Cathedral[/caption]

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This general view taken from Montparnasse Tower shows flames and smoke as they billow from the roof[/caption]