The internet is looking for a dad and child pictured at Notre-Dame before fire

Johnny Lieu

The fire which consumed the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris has prompted plenty of tributes and memories from around the world.

A now-viral photo posted by Twitter user Brooke Windsor captures what is presumably a father and his child playing in front of the iconic building just before the blaze on Monday.

Windsor claimed the photo was taken about an hour before the fire began, and now, she wants to find the pair — with the help of the internet, of course.

"I almost went up to the dad and asked if he wanted it. Now I wish I had," she wrote. "Twitter if you have any magic, help him find this."

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The tweet has more than 48,000 retweets at the time of writing, and the request has also been translated in French.

In subsequent tweets, Windsor said she didn't know for sure if they were father and child, explaining that it was "simply the dynamic I observed from them while debating on interrupting this moment."

Following the photo, Windsor said she and her friends walked to the Louvre, and saw the smoke from Notre-Dame from afar. 

There's also no word as yet as to whether the pair has been found, and Mashable has contacted Windsor for further comment regarding the photo.

As per the BBC, the building's spire and roof have collapsed but the main structure, including the two bell towers, have been saved.

French President Emmanuel Macron called the event a "terrible tragedy," and has already pledged a campaign to rebuild the cathedral.

UPDATE: April 17, 2019, 10:23 a.m. AEST Added additional details as per Windsor's tweets.