A PLEA to find the man and little girl in this picture taken just moments before the Notre Dame inferno has gone viral.
The moving photograph shows what appears to be a dad and his toddler daughter laughing as they play in the sunshine outside the cathedral.
The photograph shows a man playing in the sunshine outside Notre Dame with a laughing toddler just moments before the blaze[/caption]
An hour after the picture was taken the cathedral erupted in flames[/caption]
Tourist Brooke Windsor, 23, said she took the snap about an hour before flames consumed the 850-year-old building.
In a bid to find the pair, she posted her picture on Twitter.
The 23-year-old wrote: “I took this photo as we were leaving Notre Dame 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. You may share this photo as you wish. Help us find the man and child.”
Brooke’s heartfelt message has so far been shared 79, 500 times by people across the world.
Twitter if you have any magic, help him find this. You may share this photo as you wish. Help us find the man and child
The picture shows the man dancing with the girl as the cathedral stands proudly in the background.
Although Brooke said she’s unsure whether they are father and daughter.
She later added: “I do not know for sure if it was a dad and daughter, it’s simply the dynamic I observed from them while debating on interrupting this moment.
“It may be an uncle, brother, friend, who knows until we find them.
“It was taken at 5:57 local time.”
Brooke told the BBC: “We watched in shock and heartbreak with the rest of Paris.”
Other Twitter users have described Brooke’s photo as “historic”.
Michelle Bhasin commented: “This is going to become THAT photo.”
Theodora Wayte wrote: “So sad to see the building looking serene and safe in the sun. Just before this dreadful disaster.”
Meanwhile, the Queen has sent a message to the President of France.
She said: “Prince Philip and I have been deeply saddened to see the images of the fire which has engulfed Notre-Dame Cathedral.
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“I extend my sincere admiration to the emergency services who have risked their lives to try to save this important national monument.
“My thoughts and prayers are with those who worship at the Cathedral and all of France at this difficult time.
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Notre Dames spire ablaze yesterday[/caption]
Smoke and flames rise from Notre-Dame Cathedral[/caption]