On Monday, a woman visiting Paris photographed a father-daughter duo playing in front of the historic Notre Dame cathedral.

She didn’t think much of it — until the French landmark started to burn down an hour later.

Brooke Windsor wrote on Twitter that she was leaving Notre Dame on Monday evening when she captured a photo of a man swinging his daughter through the air.

She almost approached them to send him the photo but decided not to. Then she noticed smoke billowing from the cathedral about an hour later.

Now, she wants to give the father the photo — and she wants the internet’s help to find him.


Windsor tweeted:

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.

She added that she couldn’t be sure that it was a father and daughter, but guessed because of the way they acted together. Windsor wrote:

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

So far, the photo has been shared more than 150,000 times. But there’s no word whether or not the man in the photo has seen it yet.

Brooke Windsor/Twitter

According to CNN, Monday’s historic fire destroyed much of Notre Dame’s wooden framework and the iconic spire that defined the Paris skyline.

Parts of the building, including the iconic Rose windows and the twin bell towers, were spared from the blaze.

As of now, it remains unclear what caused the fire.

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