Paris churches ring bells in tribute to Notre Dame as France plans rebuilding
Notre Dame fire: What we knowA major fire erupted at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on Monday.The cathedral’s rector said Friday a “computer glitch” might have been behind the blaze.A police official said Thursday investigators think a short-circuit most likely caused the fire.About 40 people have been questioned by investigators.So far, about a billion dollars have been pledged to help restore the landmark.A “computer glitch” may have been behind the fast-spreading fire that ravaged Notre Dame, the cathedral’s rector said Friday. Speaking during a meeting of local business owners, rector Patrick Chauvet did not elaborate on the exact nature of the glitch, adding that “we may find out what happened in two or three months.”
On Thursday, Paris police investigators said they think an electrical short-circuit most likely caused the fire. French newspaper Le Parisien has reported that a fire alarm went off at Notre Dame shortly after 6 p.m. Monday but a computer bug showed the fire’s location in the wrong place.The paper reported the flames may have started at the bottom of the cathedral’s giant spire and may have been caused by an electrical problem in an elevator. Chauvet said there were fire alarms throughout the building, which he described as “well protected.”
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The fire burned through the network of enormous centuries-old oak beams supporting the monument’s vaulted stone ceiling, dangerously weakening the building. The surrounding neighborhood was blocked off as stones continued to tumble off the sides of the cathedral after the devastating blaze.
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Crews stabilize Notre Dame; firefighters leaving
A fire brigade spokesman said Friday architects and construction workers have stabilized the damaged structure and firefighters would leave the site Friday night. “There is no more risk the edifice’s walls could fall down,” Lt. Col. Gabriel Plus told The Associated Press, adding that firefighters have been able to cool down the walls and debris from the roof inside the cathedral.”It’s a miracle that the cathedral is still standing, and that all the relics were saved,” he said. 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.
A crane works between the two towers at Notre Dame Cathedral days after a massive fire devastated large parts of the Gothic structure in Paris, France, April 18, 2019.
Yellow vest protests banned near Notre Dame
Despite the destruction of Notre Dame dominating the news in France, a new round of the divisive yellow vest protests over social inequality was planned on Saturday across the country, including in Paris. Interior minister Christophe Castaner said 60,000 police officers will be mobilized and demonstrations near Notre Dame will be banned as he expects some protests to turn violent.Many protesters felt unheard when French President Emmanuel Macron addressed the nation to speak about the fire, instead of laying out his response to the social crisis that has fueled their protests since last November. And they felt even more outraged when, in just a few hours, billionaires pledged hundreds of millions of dollars to help restore the damaged cathedral while their demands remain unsatisfied in their longstanding fight with the French government.
A protester holds an image of French President Emmanuel Macron shouting during an anti-government demonstration called by the so-called yellow vest (gilets jaunes) movement in Paris, on March 23, 2019.
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“You’re there, looking at all these millions accumulating, after spending five months in the streets fighting social and fiscal injustice. It’s breaking my heart,” Ingrid Levavasseur, a founding leader of the movement, told the AP.”What happened at Notre Dame is obviously a deplorable tragedy. But nobody died,” Levavasseur said. “I’ve heard someone speaking of national mourning. Are they out of their minds?”
Temporary wooden cathedral proposed
Chauvet said he wanted a temporary wooden structure to be built to serve as the cathedral as Notre Dame is being rebuilt, BBC News reports. “We mustn’t say, ‘The cathedral is closed for five years and that’s it,'” Chauvet told France’s CNews.Chauvet called for an “ephemeral cathedral” in front of Notre Dame. The wooden structure, Chauvet said, should be “beautiful, symbolic and attractive.”
Dozens investigating cause of massive Notre Dame fire
About 50 investigators are involved with the probe. Some 40 people, including those involved in the cathedral’s restoration work before the fire, had been questioned by Thursday, according the Paris prosecutor’s office.
Notre Dame Cathedral fire may have been caused by electrical problem: report
Officials had said a fire alarm was triggered at 6:20 p.m., but no fire was discovered. Then, at 6:43 p.m., another alarm sounded.At that point, fire spread quickly from the roof near the rear of Notre Dame. In less than an hour, it engulfed the spire, which — just 13 minutes later — collapsed as onlookers watched in horror.
Man arrested at U.S. cathedral with gas cans, lighters
Man who carried gasoline and lighter fluid into St. Patrick’s Cathedral in custody
In the U.S., a New Jersey man was charged with attempted arson Thursday after trying to enter the historic St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York carrying gas cans and lighters. Police said Marc Lamparello, 37, parked his minivan outside the historic cathedral just before 8 p.m. Wednesday, CBS News correspondent Mola Lenghi reports.Lamparello then tried entering the building carrying four gallons of gasoline, two bottles of lighter fluid and two butane lighters. He was quickly stopped by security inside and turned away — but not before police said he spilled gasoline on the floor.
Counterterrorism police outside followed him back to his car, where he told them he was just cutting through the cathedral and that his car was out of gas. Police found that wasn’t the case and took him into custody.
Chaplain says many people saved crown of thorns
The crown of thorns believed to have been worn by Jesus at his crucifixion is displayed during a ceremony at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris March 21, 2014.
Several hundred Paris firefighters, who are members of the French military, filed into the presidential Elysee Palace courtyard Thursday where Macron expressed his gratitude for their work. Among the firefighters honored was 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.The chaplain said a team of rescuers broke the relic’s protective covering and an official who had the secret code to unlock the protection finished the job. Fournier told France Info on Thursday that his own team arrived on the heels of the salvaging and praised the action “to preserve this extraordinary relic, this patrimony of humanity.”However, Fournier told Le Parisian that he was able to save the most precious thing for Catholics from the fire, the cathedral’s consecrated hosts. The paper said he climbed on altars to remove large paintings, but that he felt especially proud “to have removed Jesus” from the cathedral.For Catholics, consecrated hosts are the body of Christ.
Photos show damage to Notre Dame
Notre Dame stands damaged but defiant after the fire that raged for at least 12 hours. Inside, where the spire collapsed, the altar was buried in debris, but its cross was almost shining, and pews were still in place, CBS News correspondent Roxana Saberi reports.
The cross and sculpture of Pieta by Nicolas Coustou are seen surrounded by debris inside Notre Dame Cathedral in the aftermath of a fire that devastated the church during a visit by French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner, not pictured, in Paris, France, April 16, 2019.
Paris’ City Hall released pictures of the inside of the 850-year-old church Wednesday, showing the soot-filled sanctuary covered in debris. The roof, with its 800-year-old wooden beams, is gone.
The top of Notre Dame Cathedral is seen after a massive fire April 15, 2019.
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