An accidental fire consuming Paris' 850 year-old Notre Dame cathedral, only saved from complete destruction by the efforts of 500 French firefighters. The people of Paris watched with horror as the fire burned for nine hours, the huge inferno clearly visible across the city from its central location on an island in the Seine river.
A human chain of people managed to save such priceless relics as the The Crown of Thorns and the Tunic of St Louis. Crucial to the monument's survival was the firefights ability to stop the fire spreading to the belfries at the front of the cathedral. However they were too late to save the 13th century wooden roof and the spire of the Gothic cathedral, which collapsed during the fire.
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- 2019-04-15 Paris cathedral Notre Dame catches fire, toppling its spire and destroying its roof