On April 15, 2019, shortly before 6.50pm, a fire broke out in the roof of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, causing severe damage to the building. The fire was extinguished the following day, 15 hours later, but fire crews remained to identify and extinguish residual fires.
The cathedral's spire and roof collapsed, and considerable damage was caused to the interior, upper walls, and windows, as well as to numerous works of art. The stone vaulted ceiling beneath the roof prevented most of the fire from spreading to the interior of the cathedral, saving the building from worse damage.
An investigation has begun into the fire that swept through the medieval cathedral, destroying its roof and spire.