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Notre Dame cathedral blaze finally out

9News.com.au logo 9News.com.au 16/04/2019 Gabrielle Adams

The fire which engulfed the famed Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, causing the spire and part of the roof to collapse, has finally been extinguished.

The first images from inside the landmark building, which is 850-years-old, appear to show a huge hole in the roof, part of which collapsed, alongside the spire.

A drone shot of the huge fire at Notre Dame in Paris © Nine A drone shot of the huge fire at Notre Dame in Paris NOTRE DAME FIRE: WHAT WE KNOW

-The 850-year old building was engulfed in flames just after it closed for the day. Nobody has been injured.

a blurry image of a city street: First shots have emerged inside the fire-ravaged cathedral. © AAP First shots have emerged inside the fire-ravaged cathedral. -Officials say water bombing aircraft can’t be used as it could cause the building to collapse.

-French Interior Ministry officials say firefighters have been able to save the building - however the wooden interior is feared destroyed, though it's thought historical artifacts survived.

-The French president has vowed to rebuild, and said he'll launch an appeal to help.

a lit up city at sunset: Notre Dame cathedral caught fire in Paris, France. © AAP Notre Dame cathedral caught fire in Paris, France.

However, it's believed much of the interior is intact - along with priceless the historical artifacts it contains.

While officials now say the structure, including the iconic bell towers will be saved, it's believed nothing is left of the cathedral's wooden frame, which dates back to the 12th century.

French President Macron has pledged to rebuild the iconic landmark after the fire, which is being treated as an accident while investigations continue.

a close up of a door: A hole in the roof of the cathedral can clearly be seen from new shots taken inside. © AAP A hole in the roof of the cathedral can clearly be seen from new shots taken inside. Macron said after the French capital's fire chief announced the emergency response had changed into a monitoring and mop-up operation.

"The worst has been avoided although the battle is not yet totally won," he said.

Dramatic footage showed the moment the medieval spire collapsed, as stunned Parisians watched on in disbelief.

a city with smoke coming out of it: Thick plumes of smoke are billowing into the air and large flames are engulfing the building. © AAP Thick plumes of smoke are billowing into the air and large flames are engulfing the building. Around 400 firefighters battled the blaze at its height. Reports say one has been seriously injured.

Local people were being evacuated amid fears parts of the structure could collapse.

The moment the spire collapses in Paris. © AAP The moment the spire collapses in Paris. Officials said the blaze could be related to renovation works being carried out at the cathedral.

The peak of the church is undergoing a 6 million-euro (A$9.4m) refurbishment.

French President Emmanuel Macron has promised to rebuild the Cathedral and says he is seeking international help to restore the Paris landmark, which attracts 13m visitors a year.

a train on a track with smoke coming out of it: The smoke rises from Notre Dame cathedral in Paris © AAP The smoke rises from Notre Dame cathedral in Paris

Macron said a national fundraising campaign to restore Notre Dame would be launched, and he called on the world's "greatest talents" to help.

The French leader credited the "courage" and "great professionalism" of firefighters with sparing Notre Dame's facade and two landmark towers from being destroyed.

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Australia should contribute to a restoration fund, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said this morning.

Fire burns the roof of Notre Dame. © AAP Fire burns the roof of Notre Dame. "I think it's worth Australia investing in the restoration of Notre Dame," he said.

"Notre Dame doesn't just belong to Paris or France, it belongs to the world."

Mr Shorten said the destruction of the iconic cathedral was "devastating".

a building with a sunset in the background: France's civil security agency says © AAP France's civil security agency says France's civil security agency says "all means" except for water-dropping aircraft were deployed to tackle the blaze.

The defense agency said those were unsuitable for fires like the one at Notre Dame because dumping water on the building could cause the whole structure to collapse.

a yellow sunset over a fire: An Australian tourist visiting Paris has described the mood in the city as “a feeling of great loss” and said being in the city is “a really, really surreal experience”. © AAP An Australian tourist visiting Paris has described the mood in the city as “a feeling of great loss” and said being in the city is “a really, really surreal experience”. An Australian tourist visiting Paris has described the mood in the city as “a feeling of great loss” and said being in the city is “a really, really surreal experience”.

Charlotte Knightly from Melbourne told Today she was heading towards the iconic building when she saw smoke.

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“We were headed to the Notre Dame to have a tour and look around,” she said.

“As we were crossing the bridge, we noticed the smoke and we sort of stopped and said is that really the Notre Dame?

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“Is this really happening right now? And just more and more smoke gathered and people started to stop and sort of stare and look in disbelief and then the whole thing was just engulfed in flames.

“We were just standing there watching there in complete awe. I'm still in shock. I've got goosebumps. People were crying.”

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The cathedral is home to incalculable works of art and firefighters were earlier seen trying to remove pieces.

Martin Savage et al. posing for the camera: Crowds stand and watch the blaze in Paris © AAP Crowds stand and watch the blaze in Paris The medieval cathedral was completed in the 13th century and today, with its towers, spire, flying buttresses and stained glass, is considered a feat of architecture as much as a religious symbol.

Andre Finot, a spokesman for Notre Dame, said there's a risk "nothing will remain" of the frame inside, which dates from the year 1220.

The wood frame structure supported a roof, made of lead, that weighed 210 tons. The lead frame had the advantage of being fire-resistant, according to the National Library of France. But the wood that supported that lead roof is what burned.

a view of a city with smoke coming out of it: Officials said the blaze could be related to renovation works being carried out at the cathedral. © AAP Officials said the blaze could be related to renovation works being carried out at the cathedral. The beams formed one of the oldest structures in Paris.

Each beam of the intricate wooden cross-work was drawn from a different tree: estimated at 13,000 trees in total.

a person standing in a dark room: Crowds gather to sing as a huge fire tears through Paris' Notre Dam Cathedral © Provided by Nine Digital Pty Ltd Crowds gather to sing as a huge fire tears through Paris' Notre Dam Cathedral To reach the heights the carpenters needed to build the structure, those trees would likely have been 300 or 400 years old, meaning they would have sprouted out of the ground in the eighth or ninth centuries.

Located in Île de la Cité, a small island in the middle of the city, the cathedral is one of Paris' most popular attractions, drawing an estimated 13 million visitors a year.

World leaders have tweeted their sympathy to Paris.

a large building with a mountain in the background: The Notre Dam cathedral burns in Paris. © AAP The Notre Dam cathedral burns in Paris. https://twitter.com/SecCivileFrance/status/1117874924268376064?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

UK PM Theresa May said: “My thoughts are with the people of France tonight and with the emergency services who are fighting the terrible blaze at Notre-Dame cathedral.”

a large white building: A file image of the cathedral before the fire. © AAP A file image of the cathedral before the fire. US President Donald Trump said: "So horrible to watch the massive fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris" and made suggestions for how first responders should tackle it.

He said: "Perhaps flying water tankers could be used to put it out," adding: "Must act quickly!"

French writer and historian Camille Pascal said the massive fire has caused "the destruction of invaluable heritage" and "we can be only horrified by what we see."

a group of people posing for a photo: Locals are watching the fire in Paris in disbelief. © AAP Locals are watching the fire in Paris in disbelief. Pascal told French broadcaster BFMTV: "It's been 800 years that the Cathedral watches over Paris" and its bells pealed for both "happy and unfortunate events."

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He recalled that Notre Dame's bells sounded a death knell after the November 2015 terror attacks in Paris.

On Thursday, 16 religious statues were removed from the peak for the first time in over a century to be taken for cleaning and therefore escaped the blaze.

a city with smoke coming out of it: Officials said the blaze could be related to renovation works being carried out at the cathedral. © AAP Officials said the blaze could be related to renovation works being carried out at the cathedral. THE NOTRE-DAME CATHEDRAL

1. The first stone of the Notre-Dame de Paris ("Our Lady of Paris") cathedral was laid in 1163 in the reign of Louis VII, as the medieval city of Paris was growing in population and importance, both as a political and economic centre of the kingdom of France.

2. Construction would continue for much of the next century, with major restoration and additions made in the 17th and 18th century. The stonework and stained glass of the edifice recreate images and lessons from the Bible.

3. Dominating the structure are its two 13th century bell towers. The so-called "bourdon", the largest bell, goes by the name of "Emmanuel".

4. The 387 steps up to the towers take visitors past the gallery of chimeras, mythical creatures typically composed of more than one animal. The most famous of these, the "Stryge" gargoyle, sits atop the cathedral watching Paris with its head resting in its hands.

a city with smoke coming out of it: Thick plumes of smoke are billowing into the air and large flames are engulfing the building. © AAP Thick plumes of smoke are billowing into the air and large flames are engulfing the building. 5. Victor Hugo used the cathedral as a setting for his 1831 novel, The Hunchback of Notre-Dame. Quasimodo, the main character, is feared by Parisians because of his deformity but finds sanctuary in the cathedral and is employed as a bell-ringer.

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6. A centre of Roman Catholic faith, over the centuries Notre-Dame has also been a target of political upheaval. It was ransacked by rioting Protestant Huguenots in the 16th century, pillaged again during the French Revolution of the 1790s and left in a state of semi-neglect. Hugo's 1831 work led to revived interest in the cathedral and a major - partly botched - restoration that began in 1844.

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7. It celebrated its 850th jubilee in 2013 and was undergoing renovations when the fire began.

a large city with smoke coming out of it: Fire tears through Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. © AAP Fire tears through Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. WORLD REACTION

"I fondly remember standing outside Notre Dame with Jen almost 30 years ago. So sad to see this beautiful cathedral in flames this morning. Our thoughts are with the people of France and emergency services who are fighting this fire. They will rebuild as Parisians always do." Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

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"My thoughts are with the people of France tonight and with the emergency services who are fighting the terrible blaze at Notre-Dame cathedral." UK Prime Minister, Theresa May.

"Heartbreaking scenes of Notre Dame cathedral in flames. London stands in sorrow with Paris today, and in friendship always." Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan

"I do not have a strong word to express the pain that I feel in the face of #NotreDame flames raved. Tonight, all Parisians and Frenchmen mour this emblem of our common history. From our motto, we will draw the strength to rise." Anne Hidalgo, Paris Mayor.

a group of people on a boat in the water: Crowds gathered to watch the blaze. © AAP Crowds gathered to watch the blaze. "Notre Dame is one of the world’s great treasures, and we’re thinking of the people of France in your time of grief. It’s in our nature to mourn when we see history lost – but it’s also in our nature to rebuild for tomorrow, as strong as we can." Barak Obama, former US President.

"Notre-Dame is aflame. Great emotion for the whole nation. Our thoughts go out to all Catholics and to the French people. Like all of my fellow citizens, I am sad to see this part of us burn tonight." Emmanuel Macron, French president.

" a man talking on a cell phone: Then Russian President Dmitry Medvedev kisses the relic of the crown of thorns presented by Patrick Jacquin as he visits the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, 02 March 2010 © AAP Then Russian President Dmitry Medvedev kisses the relic of the crown of thorns presented by Patrick Jacquin as he visits the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, 02 March 2010 Our heartfelt sympathies are with the people of Paris as their ancient Notre Dame Cathedral is engulfed by flame. I have no doubt that @EmmanuelMacron will make it his mission to ensure the Cathedral is restored as so many other great churches have been after devastating fires." Ex-Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

a group of people walking in front of Notre Dame de Paris: The iconic twin towers have been saved, experts say. © AAP The iconic twin towers have been saved, experts say. "Notre Dame brought so much joy to so many souls. A sad day for Paris, for France and for people all around the world." Australian Labor Leader Bill Shorten

"The fire of Notre Dame is a catastrophe for France and for Europe. The flames ravage 850 years of history, architecture, painting and sculpture. This is going to be hard to forget. France can count on us to recover the greatness of its heritage." Spanish Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez.

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