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Scenes from the devastating Notre Dame Cathedral fire in Paris

A massive fire engulfed the roof of Notre Dame Cathedral in the heart of the French capital Monday.
A massive fire engulfed the roof of Notre-Dame Cathedral in the heart of the French capital Monday.

A massive fire engulfed the roof of Notre Dame Cathedral in the heart of the French capital Monday, toppling its spire and sending thick plumes of smoke high into the blue sky as tourists and Parisians looked on aghast from the streets below.

French media quoted the Paris fire brigade saying the fire is ‘‘potentially linked’’ to a $6.8 million renovation project.

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French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe (left) and French President Emmanuel Macron (third from left) gathered near the entrance of the Notre Dame Cathedral.
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People kneel on the pavement as they pray outside watching flames engulf Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on April 15, 2019. - A colossal fire swept through the famed Notre Dame Cathedral in central Paris on April 15, 2019, causing a spire to collapse and raising fears over the future of the nearly millenium old building and its precious artworks. The fire, which began in the early evening, sent flames and huge clouds of grey smoke billowing into the Paris sky as stunned Parisians and tourists watched on in sheer horror. (Photo by ERIC FEFERBERG / AFP)ERIC FEFERBERG/AFP/Getty Images
People kneel on the pavement as they pray outside watching flames engulf Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on April 15, 2019. - A colossal fire swept through the famed Notre Dame Cathedral in central Paris on April 15, 2019, causing a spire to collapse and raising fears over the future of the nearly millenium old building and its precious artworks. The fire, which began in the early evening, sent flames and huge clouds of grey smoke billowing into the Paris sky as stunned Parisians and tourists watched on in sheer horror. (Photo by ERIC FEFERBERG / AFP)ERIC FEFERBERG/AFP/Getty Images(AFP/Getty Images)
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A massive fire engulfed the roof of Notre Dame Cathedral in the heart of the French capital Monday.
A massive fire engulfed the roof of Notre-Dame Cathedral in the heart of the French capital Monday.