Police Have Revealed What They Suspect Caused The Fire At Notre Dame

Clay Curtis
April 19, 2019

The probe was taking place as France paid a day-long tribute to the Paris firefighters who saved the famous cathedral from collapse and rescued its treasures.

Bishop Patrick Chauvet offered the idea of creating an "ephemeral" cathedral so people can pray and life can return to normal in the neighbourhood. "It is up to us to find the thread of our national project".

An official told the Associated Press that they still do not believe anything criminal caused the fire, and that at this stage, they are investigating whether an electrical short-circuit could be behind the blaze.

The Parisien newspaper has reported that a computer glitch might have misdirected firefighters responding to the initial fire alarm.

The police official would not comment on an unsourced report in Le Parisian newspaper that investigators are looking at whether the fire could have been linked to a computer glitch or the temporary elevators used in the renovation work, among other things. Chauvet said there were fire alarms throughout the building, which he described as "well protected".

Police and investigators had earlier ruled out arson as a cause of the fire, which destroyed the cathedral's roof and caused its spire to collapse.

Charlotte Hubert, president of a group of French architects who specialize in historic monuments, told BFM television that experts plan to spread a custom-made peaked tarpaulin across the cathedral's roof, with enough space to also shield workers rebuilding the frame.

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Macron's push for a speedy rebuild indicates he wants the fire-ravaged monument's reconstruction to be part of his legacy, and is seizing the moment to try to move on from the divisive yellow vest protests.

But the huge amount of money pledged by billionaire donors and businesses to restore the gothic cathedral has been seen by some as a sign of the vast inequality between rich and poor in France.

Among the firefighters honoured was Paris fire brigade chaplain Jean-Marc Fournier, who said he was falsely credited with helping salvage the crown of thorns believed to have been worn by Jesus at his crucifixion.

Judith Kagan, who works for the French Culture Ministry, said that fire, soot and water didn't reach inside cathedral walls, so some of the artwork inside wasn't majorly damaged, according to the AP.

The French leader was due to unveil policies to quell the grassroot movement on Monday, before the blaze at Notre-Dame forced him to cancel the speech.

The father-daughter duo captured in a heartwarming photo taken just an hour before a major fire erupted at Notre Dame in Paris has been found, thanks to Twitter.

According to an opinion poll by BVA institute published Friday - the first carried out since the fire - Macron has gained three points in popularity in the past month with an approval rating of 32%.

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