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04:35  19 april  2019
04:35  19 april  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

Notre Dame Fire: The Treasures Now At Risk From the Flames

Notre Dame Fire: The Treasures Now At Risk From the Flames As a fire rages at the great cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, France is mourning the destruction of one of the most prominent symbols of its national heritage—and Christians and art buffs the world over are lamenting the potential loss of a thousand years of history and faith. 

A mystery man in a photo taken in front of the Notre Dame Cathedral before it burned Monday has been identified . As of Thursday, the photo received about 225,000 retweets and 469,000 likes. Viral photo : Do you know who's in this photo taken hour before Notre Dame Cathedral fire ?

A mystery man in a photo taken in front of the Notre Dame Cathedral before it burned Monday has been identified . Notre - Dame fire . Image copyright Brooke Windsor. I took this photo as we were leaving # NotreDame about Photo taken before Notre Dame Cathedral fire : Does Twitter know.

A mystery man in a photo taken in front of the Notre Dame Cathedral before it burned Monday has been identified.

"The photo has reached the dad & family. He has chosen to remain anonymous in the wake of tragedy, and writes: 'Thanks again for that beautiful photo, we will find a special place for it.' Thank you to everyone who has shared the picture and for your kind words," said Michigan native Brooke Windsor, who took the photo, on Twitter on Thursday.

Australian leaders mourn burning cathedral

Australian leaders mourn burning cathedral Scott Morrison and Bill Shorten have expressed their grief over the devastating blaze that's destroyed the spire and the roof of Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris.

A mystery man in a photo taken in front of the Notre Dame Cathedral before it burned Monday has been identified . Michigan native Brooke Windsor took this picture in Paris, France, an hour before the Notre Dame Cathedral was on fire Monday, April 15, 2019.

A mystery man in a photo taken in front of the Notre Dame Cathedral before it burned Monday has been identified . Michigan native Brooke Windsor took this picture in Paris, France, an hour before the Notre Dame Cathedral was on fire Monday, April 15, 2019.

Windsor shared the photo Monday of the man and child in front of the 800-year-old landmark, asking the public to identify them. As of Thursday, the photo received about 225,000 retweets and 469,000 likes.

Mystery man in viral photo taken hour before Notre Dame Cathedral fire identified © Provided by Gannett Co., Inc. Michigan native Brooke Windsor took this picture in Paris, France, an hour before the Notre Dame Cathedral was on fire Monday, April 15, 2019.

Windsor, who is vacationing in France, told the Free Press on Tuesday that she was near the Louvre Museum when she and a friend spotted smoke from a distance. She took a picture that showed a gray cloud of smoke.

"We stood in shock with the rest of Paris. You can't witness that and not be heartbroken," she said on Tuesday.

The fire started at about 6:50 p.m. local time near the roof of the cathedral, according to a report from USA TODAY. The flames spread to one of the cathedral's towers. But the main structure of the church was saved.

Crown of Thorns saved from Notre Dame fire

Crown of Thorns saved from Notre Dame fire The Notre Dame cathedral in Paris is home to ancient relics held sacred by Catholics, and as the structure burned on Monday, there were fears that all of the irreplaceable items inside might be destroyed. By late Monday, police announced that the fire was under control, and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo shared some good news: The Crown of Thorns, a relic believed to have been worn by Jesus Christ, was safe, along with the Tunic of Saint Louis. She also said several pieces of artwork made it out unscathed, but did not specify which pieces. © Phillipe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images The Crown of Thorns.

A mystery man in a photo taken in front of the Notre Dame Cathedral before it burned Monday has been identified . Michigan native Brooke Windsor took this picture in Paris, France, an hour before the Notre Dame Cathedral was on fire Monday, April 15, 2019.

Notre - Dame fire . Image copyright Brooke Windsor. I took this photo as we were leaving # NotreDame about an hour before it caught on fire . Pictures of Notre - Dame Before the Fire : A Cathedral That Defined a City. When the architects of Cathedral of Notre - Dame set to work some.

French police officials told the Associated Press on Thursday that the fire may have been caused by a short-circuit.

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This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Mystery man in viral photo taken hour before Notre Dame Cathedral fire identified

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