Notre Dame fire – Devastating cathedral blaze was sparked by electrical short-circuit, police say


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

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

It’s believed that an electrical short-circuit caused the Notre Dame de Paris cathedral fire
The Mega Agency

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

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 12th-century structure ravaged by fire 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 neighborhood.

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.

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.”

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