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Cathedral in flames

Notre Dame fire parallels St. Boniface blaze more than 50 years ago

Flames and smoke rise from Notre Dame cathedral as it burns (Thibault Camus / The Associated Press)
Flames and smoke rise from Notre Dame cathedral as it burns (Thibault Camus / The Associated Press)
Flames rise from Notre Dame cathedral as it burns. (Thibault Camus / The Associated Press)
Flames rise from Notre Dame cathedral as it burns. (Thibault Camus / The Associated Press)
Ash fell on tourists and others around the island that marks the center of Paris. (Lori Hinant / The Associated Press)
Ash fell on tourists and others around the island that marks the center of Paris. (Lori Hinant / The Associated Press)
A firefighter tackles the blaze as flames and smoke rise from Notre Dame cathedral as it burns. (Michel Euler / The Associated Press)
A firefighter tackles the blaze as flames and smoke rise from Notre Dame cathedral as it burns. (Michel Euler / The Associated Press)
People watch as flames and smoke rise from Notre Dame cathedral (Thibault Camus  / The Associated Press)
People watch as flames and smoke rise from Notre Dame cathedral (Thibault Camus / The Associated Press)
(Rafael Yaghobzadeh / The Associated Press)
(Rafael Yaghobzadeh / The Associated Press)
Firefighters tackle the blaze. (Michel Euler / The Associated Press)
Firefighters tackle the blaze. (Michel Euler / The Associated Press)
(Francois Mori /  The Associated Press)
(Francois Mori / The Associated Press)
(Thibault Camus  / The Associated Press)
(Thibault Camus / The Associated Press)
Firefighters tackle the blaze as flames and smoke rise from Notre Dame cathedral. (Thibault Camus / The Associated Press)
Firefighters tackle the blaze as flames and smoke rise from Notre Dame cathedral. (Thibault Camus / The Associated Press)
Nine new bronze bells are displayed in Notre Dame cathedral during a ceremony of blessing by Paris Archbishop Andre Vingt-Trois in Paris in 2013 (Francois Mori / The Associated Press files)
Nine new bronze bells are displayed in Notre Dame cathedral during a ceremony of blessing by Paris Archbishop Andre Vingt-Trois in Paris in 2013 (Francois Mori / The Associated Press files)
The Notre Dame cathedral is illuminated during a light show called "Dame de Cœur" to celebrate the centenary of the First World War, in Paris, Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017. (Christophe Ena / The Associated Press files)
The Notre Dame cathedral is illuminated during a light show called "Dame de Cœur" to celebrate the centenary of the First World War, in Paris, Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017. (Christophe Ena / The Associated Press files)
Philippe Lefebvre plays the organ at Notre Dame cathedral in Paris in 2013. (Christophe Ena / The Associated Press files)
Philippe Lefebvre plays the organ at Notre Dame cathedral in Paris in 2013. (Christophe Ena / The Associated Press files)
The view from the organ loft at Notre Dame cathedral in 2018, when the organ was refurbished for the cathedral’s 850th anniversary. (Christophe Ena / The Associated Press files)
The view from the organ loft at Notre Dame cathedral in 2018, when the organ was refurbished for the cathedral’s 850th anniversary. (Christophe Ena / The Associated Press files)
A chimera and a gargoyle watch over Paris from the top of the 11th century Notre Dame cathedral in a file photo. Architect Viollet le Duc added the chimeras and gargoyles to the tower walls when repairing the damages caused by the French Revolution. The chimeras were purely decorative while the garoyles were built to serve as raingutters. (Remy De La Mauviniere / The Associated Press files)
A chimera and a gargoyle watch over Paris from the top of the 11th century Notre Dame cathedral in a file photo. Architect Viollet le Duc added the chimeras and gargoyles to the tower walls when repairing the damages caused by the French Revolution. The chimeras were purely decorative while the garoyles were built to serve as raingutters. (Remy De La Mauviniere / The Associated Press files)
Smoke fills the air as Notre Dame cathedral burns. (Rafael Yaghobzadeh / The Associated Press)
Smoke fills the air as Notre Dame cathedral burns. (Rafael Yaghobzadeh / The Associated Press)

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