Pockets of fire continue to burn inside Notre Dame
The scale of the devastation at Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral has become clear this morning after an inferno ravaged the landmark overnight.
Firefighters continue to spray water onto fires that are smouldering inside the 850-year-old Gothic masterpiece as crowds of tearful Parisians and tourists look on.
More than 400 firefighters tackled the historic blaze through the night after flames ate through the roof and caused its spire to crash to the ground in front of horrified witnesses.
The main structure and the iconic towers of the cathedral were saved but priceless artefacts and significant religious relics are feared lost.
It is expected to take days to completely extinguish all the remaining pockets of fire, dampen down hotspots and secure the world-famous edifice.
The Paris prosecutors’ office said police will carry out an investigation into “involuntary destruction caused by fire”, indicating authorities are treating the blaze as a tragic accident for now.