The internet was ablaze Monday as news broke that a catastrophic fire had consumed the historic Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. The flames, which took firefighters nearly 12-hours to extinguish, ravaged the structure's roof and iconic towering spire where the fire is believed to have originated, leaving the 12th-century church exposed to the elements. Residents and visitors spent the day lining the streets and along the Seine River, some mourned and sang hymns, while others gawked as 850 years of history turned to ash.
Among those to capture the historic site was Michigan's Brooke Windsor, who snapped a now-viral image just before the fire.
"I took this photo as we were leaving #NotreDame about an hour before it caught on fire," Windsor said in a tweet. "I almost went up to the dad and asked if he wanted it. Now I wish I had."
The image shows the cathedral against a clear, blue sky and a blur of pedestrians. The focus of the cellphone photo, though, is a man smiling while swinging a young child, her feet a few feet off of the ground.
I took this photo as we were leaving #NotreDame about an hour before it caught on fire. I almost went up to the dad and asked if he wanted it. Now I wish I had. Twitter if you have any magic, help him find this 🙏🏼 pic.twitter.com/pEu33ubqCK— Brooke Windsor (@brookeawindsor) April 16, 2019
-No, I have not been able to find the folks in the photo but I am hopeful. Twitter sure knows how to step up 🤗— Brooke Windsor (@brookeawindsor) April 16, 2019
-Yes, you may share this photo as you wish. Help us find the man and child 💕
He reached out to me here on Twitter. I knew y’all could do it 🖤— Brooke Windsor (@brookeawindsor) April 18, 2019
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