Notre Dame Cathedral fire was most likely caused by electrical short circuit- French police

The major cause of the devastating historic building Notre Dame fire, now revealed an electrical short-circuit was the most likely cause of the disaster.

It is believed that the fire was started accidentally and investigators are questioning cathedral staff and construction workers. Around 40 people have been spoken to so far.

Based on where in the building the flames started, initial speculation suggested restoration works could be responsible for the blaze. While the cause of the fire has now been identified, the official added the “green light” is yet to be given for work to begin on the Cathedral for safety reasons.

Police has earlier this week opened an investigation into the devastating fire, questioning a firm of “Cathedral Restorers” to establish how it all started.

Craftsmen from Le Bras Freres were working on the 850-year-old iconic building before the fire took hold. Paris public prosecutor Remy Heitz said his office was “favouring the theory of an accident”.

The roof was destroyed, but Notre Dame’s famous bell towers, rose windows, organ, and precious artworks were saved.Fire officials warned the building remains very fragile and extremely dangerous for construction workers, restoration experts and neighbours.

Hundreds of millions of euros has been pledged by businessmen and philanthropists to rebuild Notre Dame.

President Macron pledged to reestablish the basilica inside five years, anyway specialists state it could take as long as 15 years.


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