Initial investigation shows Notre Dame ‘computer glitch’ caused cathedral fire

Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion | 4/20/2019 | Leslie Eastman
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As investigators continue to study the fire of the iconic Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, preliminary findings indicate that a ‘computer glitch’ or something associated with the temporary elevator being used during renovation of the spire might have sparked the blaze.

The Parisien newspaper has reported that investigators are considering whether the fire could be linked to a computer glitch or related to temporary elevators used in the renovation that was underway at the time the cathedral caught fire. Chauvet said there were fire alarms throughout the building, which he described as “well protected.”

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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.

The cathedral’s rector Patrick Chauvet did not elaborate on the exact nature of the glitch when reviewing the preliminary assessment with reporters, and he noted that it might take several months before the sequence of events that lead to the inferno are known.

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A contributing factor may have been an under-estimation of the potential ignitability of the oak beams. Architects associated with the renovation indicate that officials misjudged how quickly a flame would ignite and spread through the cathedral, assuming that the oak frame was far more resistant to heat than it turned out to be.

The structure of the cathedral has now been stabilized.

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Architects and construction workers have now stabilized the damaged structure of Notre Dame cathedral, four days after a fast-spreading fire ravaged the iconic Paris building, and firefighters will leave the site Friday night, a fire brigade spokesman said.

“There is no more risk the edifice’s walls could fall down,” Lt. Col. Gabriel Plus told The Associated Press, adding...
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