Notre Dame on fire

Edratman

Forum Staff
Feb 2009
6,709
Eastern PA
Any news on how it got started?

It will probably be two or three days before a definitive answer is given.

So far officials have ruled out arson and the fire has been declared accidental.

"Following the devastating fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, investigators said they were working on the assumption that the fire was started “involuntarily,” ruling out a criminal motive for the blaze or arson.

France’s newspaper Le Monde reported that the Paris prosecutor's office had opened an inquiry late Monday into “involuntary destruction by fire,” which excludes any “a priori criminal motive.” Despite the initial judgments, investigations entrusted to the Regional Directorate of Judicial Police are expected to be drawn out before any definitive findings are made public."

What caused the Notre Dame Fire? Inquiry calls blaze an accident, rules out arson
 

Willempie

Ad Honorem
Jul 2015
5,574
Netherlands
It will probably be two or three days before a definitive answer is given.

So far officials have ruled out arson and the fire has been declared accidental.

"Following the devastating fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, investigators said they were working on the assumption that the fire was started “involuntarily,” ruling out a criminal motive for the blaze or arson.

France’s newspaper Le Monde reported that the Paris prosecutor's office had opened an inquiry late Monday into “involuntary destruction by fire,” which excludes any “a priori criminal motive.” Despite the initial judgments, investigations entrusted to the Regional Directorate of Judicial Police are expected to be drawn out before any definitive findings are made public."

What caused the Notre Dame Fire? Inquiry calls blaze an accident, rules out arson
Sort of good, since churches have been torched lately in France
 

Solidaire

Ad Honorem
Aug 2009
5,629
Athens, Greece
Apparently, the three large rosette vitreaux have survived; these stained glass windows are considered irreparable and their rescue is of immense importance.
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Also, the greatest treasure of the cathedral, the thorn crown of Jesus was saved as well.
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The famous bells of the cathedral seem to have survived unscathed. Regarding the great Organ that Tuner was speaking about earlier, it survived the fire, but it might have suffered internal damage because of the water and the dust that fell on it. It might require repairs to its mechanism, but at least it wasn't destroyed.

What might have been lost, among others, are paintings from the 17th and 18th century (some 13 of them were exhibited in Notre Dame and its chapels).
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What's shocking is the report that:
Saving France's 850-year-old Notre-Dame cathedral came down to a crucial time window of 15-30 minutes, France's deputy interior minister has said.

Laurent Nuñez praised the "courage and determination" of firefighters who "risked their own lives" to salvage the building's stone structure and its two towers.

It actually did come that close. :(