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  1. Priceless treasures saved from blaze

    While there are fears for the many priceless artworks and artefacts housed inside the cathedral, the rector of Notre-Dame, Patrick Jacquin, has told local press that the Crown of Thorns and the Tunic of St Louis have both been recovered.

    The Crown of Thorns, a relic of the Passion of Christ
    The tunic allegedly worn by Saint Louis on display at the Notre-Dame cathedral
  2. 'Structure saved' says Interior Ministry

    French Deputy Interior Minister Laurent Nunez has announced that the fire has "decreased in intensity" and "the structure of the building is saved, including the north tower."

    French Junior Interior Minister Laurent Nunez
  3. Drone image shows damage from above

    Radio France journalist Alexandre Fremont has tweeted an image captured by a drone flown above the cathedral, reportedly showing significant damage.

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  4. Firefighter 'seriously injured'

    A French firefighting official has told Reuters that one fireman has been seriously injured tackling the blaze.

  5. Breaking'Structure saved'

    Reuters news agency is quoting an official with the French firefighting team as saying: "We can now say that the structure of Notre-Dame has been saved from total destruction".

    AFP is also reporting that the main structure has been "saved and preserved", citing an official.

  6. 'Not sure' if blaze can be contained - firefighters

    French fire chief Jean-Claude Gallet has told reporters he is not sure if the authorities will be able to stop the fire from spreading.

    "If it collapses, you can imagine how important the damage will be," he added.

    Firefighters are Notre-Dame
  7. 'An enduring embodiment of our country burns'

    Henri Astier of BBC World Online writes about Notre-Dame cathedral and why no other site represents France quite like it.

    Notre-Dame cathedral
  8. Firefighters 'trying to save artwork'

    Firefighters at the scene have told Reuters news agency that all efforts are now being directed at saving artwork in the cathedral and preventing the collapse of its northern tower.

    Notre-Dame cathedral
  9. Why has the fire not been put out yet?

    US-based firefighter Gregg Favre has put out this tweet thread discussing the adversity that fire crews in Paris are likely to be facing.

    He explains why firefighters would need to enter the historical building in order to properly combat the fire, but may be unable to do so due to the risk of falling roofing timber.

    He adds that the church, which is designed to be "open and airy" for Sunday worship has no shortage of oxygen which would fuel the fire.

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  10. 'Not certain' Notre-Dame can be saved

    French deputy interior minister Laurent Nunez has told reporters it is 'not certain' that the cathedral can be saved, according to news agency AFP.

  11. 'Shock and sadness'

    The Vatican has said news of the fire has caused "shock and sadness," adding that it was praying for the French fire services.

  12. Notre-Dame - before and after

    Here are pictures of the famous Parisian church before and during the blaze.

    The iconic 12th Century building is famed for its stained glass, flying buttresses and carved gargoyles.

    Notre-Dame cathedral
    Notre-Dame cathedral
  13. Can the fire be put out?

    French fire chiefs have told news agency AFP they are not sure if the fire can be stopped.