Notre Dame one year on from the great fire

The building remains in an "absolute emergency" state says the team working on its restoration

On April 15, 2019, fire engulfed Paris's Notre Dame Cathedral. Today, with France locked down by coronavirus, restoration work has been halted.

The blaze, which was reported shortly after 18:00 on that day, started in an area of the roof where work was being carried out, firefighters said at the time.

Read our report from the day: Notre Dame on fire

The main structure of the cathedral, along with both towers, were saved, along with the major pieces of art contained inside. However, two thirds of the roof was damaged and collapsed, along with the famous spire. 

It is believed smoke alarms on the scaffolding during multi-million-euro restoration work on Notre-Dame’s spire did not go off

One year on, the building remains in "absolute emergency" according to the restoration team. Winter ...

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