York Minster cathedral's rise from the ashes of 1984 fire inspires hope for ...

Devastating scenes of the historic Notre Dame being ravaged by a huge blaze last night will bring back memories for those who remember the 1984 York Minster fire.

More than 100 firefighters rushed to the Minster when a lightning bolt set alight its south transept - collapsing its roof and causing £2.25m worth of damage in the early hours of 9 July.

But after a multi-million pound restoration project, the York Minster rose from the ashes and was returned to its former glory - inspiring hope for the 850-year-old cathedral in France.

Firemen survey the fire damage to the South Transept of York Minster after a huge inferno destroyed its roof and ravaged the cathedral in 1984

Firemen survey the fire damage to the South Transept of York Minster after a huge inferno destroyed its roof and ravaged the cathedral in 1984

A lightning bolt set alight the church's south transept, prompting 114 firefighters to rush to try and save the historic structure

A lightning bolt set alight the church's south transept, prompting 114 firefighters to rush to try and save the historic structure

The south transept of York Minster at the height of the blaze. Like Notre Dame, the English cathedral as built from ancient stone and timber, which made tackling the blaze even more difficult for fire crews at the time

The south transept of York Minster at the height of the blaze. Like Notre Dame, the English cathedral as built from ancient stone and timber, which made tackling the blaze even more difficult for fire crews at the time

Firefighters who attended the blaze in 1984 said the roof collapsing - as it did in Paris last night - actually helped salvage parts of the building by ventilating smoke and heat

Firefighters who attended the blaze in 1984 said the roof collapsing - as it did in Paris last night - actually helped salvage parts of the building by ventilating smoke and heat

The building has been returned to its former glory after a £2.25million restoration project

The building has been returned to its former glory after a £2.25million restoration project

Like Notre Dame, the English church was built from ancient stone and timber, which made tackling the blaze even more difficult for fire crews at the time. 

But those who attended the blaze in 1984 said the roof collapsing - as it did in Paris last night - actually helped salvage parts of the building by ventilating smoke and heat and stopping the flames spreading. 

Alan Stow, 79, divisional commander of the fire and rescue service at York during the fire, told The Times: 'There was a suggestion that the only way to stop the fire spreading was for the heat and smoke to be ventilated.

As darkness fell on Paris on Monday evening the ruined cathedral was illuminated by the flames still burning in the roof as firefighters battled on against the inferno

As darkness fell on Paris on Monday evening the ruined cathedral was illuminated by the flames still burning in the roof as firefighters battled on against the inferno

A shard of the cathedral's spire plummets through the air as it collapsed on Monday evening after the fire chewed through its foundations

A shard of the cathedral's spire plummets through the air as it collapsed on Monday evening after the fire chewed through its foundations

The scaffolding at the top of the church and the wooden frame of the building was said to be completely ablaze by a cathedral spokesperson

The scaffolding at the top of the church and the wooden frame of the building was said to be completely ablaze by a cathedral spokesperson

'The roof supports were very badly weakened and with a turntable ladder jet carefully positioned it managed to create a domino effect and the roof trusses tumbled down on to the floor. It

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