Smoke continued to rise from the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris on Tuesday morning, as firefighters worked to extinguish the remains of the devastating fire that swept through the building on Monday evening.

The iconic spire of the centuries-old Gothic structure, as well as large parts of the roof, collapsed during the conflagration, which is now reportedly under control.

The cause of the blaze is not yet known, although there are indications that it may be linked to restoration work that was underway at the cathedral.

The main structure of the building, including its two bell towers, has reportedly been saved and is no longer in danger of collapse.

French President Emmanuel Macron has pledged to rebuild the 12th century cathedral and an international fundraising campaign is under way to gather money for the repairs.

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