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Scenes of Notre Dame Cathedral in flames

A man watches the landmark Notre-Dame Cathedral burn, engulfed in flames, in central Paris on April 15, 2019.
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A devastating blaze engulfed one of France's most beloved and iconic landmarks, Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, on Monday. The following are some of the horrific scenes as one of the greatest examples of gothic architecture was reduced to ashes.

Parisians and the world look on in horror

People watch the landmark Notre-Dame Cathedral burning in central Paris on April 15, 2019- A fire broke out at the landmark Notre-Dame Cathedral in central Paris, potentially involving renovation works being carried out at the site, the fire service said. (Photo by Nicolas Liponne/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
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The sun begins to set as the iconic landmark burns

Flames burn the roof of the landmark Notre-Dame Cathedral in central Paris on April 15, 2019.
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Firefighters continue to battle the enormous blaze

Notre-Dame de Paris, a Catholic cathedral founded in the 11th century, has caught fire.
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The iconic spire collapses in the flames

The steeple of the landmark Notre-Dame Cathedral collapses as the cathedral is engulfed in flames in central Paris on April 15, 2019.
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Firefighters try to protect the iconic towers

A firefighter uses a hose to douse flames and smoke billowing from the roof at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris on April 15, 2019.
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An enormous plume of smoke trails across Paris

A huge column of smoke stands above one of the world's most famous landmarks - Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris.
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Parisians watch from the banks of the Seine

People look a fire at the landmark Notre-Dame Cathedral in central Paris from the banks of the Seine river on April 15, 2019.
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A firefighter in a crane battles the enormous flames

A firefighter is seen fighting the flames at Notre-Dame Cathedral
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President Emmanuel Macron arrives on scene to assess the fire

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe (L), and French President Emmanuel Macron (3rd L) gather in near the entrance of the Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral in Paris, as flames engulf its roof.
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The roof under renovation is engulfed in flames

Flames rise during a fire at the landmark Notre-Dame Cathedral in central Paris on April 15, 2019 afternoon, potentially involving renovation works being carried out at the site, the fire service said.
Francois Guillot | AFP | Getty Images

Disbelief and shock

People react as they watch flames engulf the roof of the Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral in the French capital Paris on April 15, 2019.
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A man looks at the damage caused to Notre-Dame Cathedral following a major fire yesterday on April 16, 2019 in Paris, France.
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Key Points
  • French President Emmanuel Macron vowed Tuesday to rebuild the heavily damaged symbol of France within the next five years.
  • The massive fire that ripped through Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral, collapsing the roof and spire, was likely sparked accidentally, prosecutors say.
  • As investigators look into what started the fire, a drive to rebuild the cathedral has already received more than $700 million in pledges, according to Reuters.