Cause of Notre Dame fire revealed

Thursday - 18/04/2019 17:06
Notre Dame Cathedral burning in Paris. Picture: APSource:AP
Notre Dame Cathedral burning in Paris. Picture: APSource:AP
Investigators looking into the devastating blaze at Notre Dame Cathedral believe they have worked out what started the fire.

A French judicial police official said investigators think an electrical short-circuit most likely caused the Notre Dame Cathedral fire.

The Sun reports that the official, who spoke anonymously about the ongoing probe, said investigators still don’t have the green light to work in the cathedral and search in the rubble for safety reasons.
 

Smoke and flames rising during a fire at the landmark Notre-Dame Cathedral in central Paris. Picture: AFP
Smoke and flames rising during a fire at the landmark Notre-Dame Cathedral in central Paris. Picture: AFPSource:AFP

 

He told The Associated Press the monument is still being consolidated with wooden planks to support some fragile parts of the walls.

The horrific fire on Monday destroyed much of the inside of the famous landmark and caused the spire to crash down to the ground below.
 

Smoke and flames rising from Notre-Dame Cathedral. Picture: AFP
Smoke and flames rising from Notre-Dame Cathedral. Picture: AFPSource:AFP

 

 
Worker on Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris. Picture: AFP
Worker on Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris. Picture: AFPSource:AFP

 

It was originally thought the blaze began in connection with renovation work that was underway at the cathedral.

And firefighters said the inferno was so severe that the whole building was within minutes of total destruction.

Now billionaires have pledged a staggering £886 million ($A1.6 billion) to help rebuild one of Europe’s most spectacular buildings.
 

People looking at smoke and flames rising during a fire at the landmark Notre-Dame Cathedral in central Paris. Picture: AFP
People looking at smoke and flames rising during a fire at the landmark Notre-Dame Cathedral in central Paris. Picture: AFPSource:AFP

 

Earlier, the rector of Notre Dame proposed building a small, temporary church on the plaza outside the monument so that the faithful have a place of worship while the ravaged 12th-century structure is closed for restoration.

Bishop Patrick Chauvet offered the idea of creating an “ephemeral” cathedral so people can pray and life can return to normal in the neighbourhood.
 


The Paris City Hall gave its approval to the idea Thursday “subject to technical restraints.”

A crypt containing vestiges dating from antiquity is located under the vast esplanade.

There is also an underground car park.
 

Smoke is seen around the alter inside Notre Dame cathedral in Paris. Picture: AP
Smoke is seen around the alter inside Notre Dame cathedral in Paris. Picture: APSource:AP

 

President Emmanuel Macron has said he wants to see the cathedral fully restored in five years.

Chauvet told neighbourhood business owners on Wednesday he expected Notre Dame to remain closed “five to six years.”

This article originally appeared in The Sun and is republished here with permission

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