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Fire at Notre-Dame Cathedral


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https://twitter.com/...841259157229568

 

This is insane.



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They're doing construction at the Cathedral; can't help but wonder if there was an accident in that process that started the fire.



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https://www.reuters....e-idUSKCN1RR1UO

 

Terrible news, I hope they can salvage this iconic and historically important building 



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They're doing construction at the Cathedral; can't help but wonder if there was an accident in that process that started the fire.

 

This is what the news sources I've seen have reported as the likely issue. Apparently the same happened back in March in Saint-Sulpice.



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https://twitter.com/...849564612943876

 

The spire has just collapsed...


Edited by algroth, 15 April 2019 - 10:00 AM.


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Why are the firemen unable to stop the fire? Not to criticise, just genuinly curious


Edited by Maedhros, 15 April 2019 - 10:17 AM.


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Trump's suggestion of water bombers would be funny to see carried out.

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Sometimes there's not a lot firemen can do; the fire could have been far spread before they got there (or even before they got the call).  If its burning particularly hot, water might not even be getting to it to try and douse it.



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^^The weight of 3-5k gallons of water would probably crush whatever is left of the structure.


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I've seen fires of this size continue for hours in the past, despite fireman intervention. It'll take a while.

 

And as Gfted points out too, I reckon there's probably a pressure to try and save as much as is possible and resorting to a means that can prove even more destructive can be a complicated business.


Edited by algroth, 15 April 2019 - 10:41 AM.


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Why are the firemen unable to stop the fire? Not to criticise, just genuinly curious

 

The area isn't exactly easy to access for large vehicles. Furthermore, the fire apparently started in the scaffolding over the roof, which is ~70m high. Not sure how high the ladders on the heaviest fire trucks reach, even assuming Paris firefighters have them.

 

Putting large fires out is not easy. If the structures involved are hard to maneuver around and wooden, well...


Edited by 213374U, 15 April 2019 - 10:55 AM.


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I hope that the fire is stopped soon but based on how big it is I fear it will be quite a while until it is quelled. It's terrible to see a building that beautiful go up in flames.



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Man, I hope it was an accident, because you'd have to be a next-level ***hole to set fire to a national monument.

 

I guess the restoration project just turned into a repair project.  ;(



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I'm not huge on architectural history, but it's always a shame when something like that goes up in flames.



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Apparently, they managed to save some things in the cathedral, that's something.

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I guess the restoration project just turned into a repair project.  ;(

 

By the looks of this picture, unfortunately, this looks more like it is going to be a rebuilding project:

 

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"Man, I hope it was an accident, because you'd have to be a next-level ***hole to set fire to a national monument."

 

Breitbart says it was the mooslims



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Nobody hurt? Okay. then I don't care.



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JUST IN: Paris fire department on French TV: "The structure of the cathedral will survive." https://twitter.com/...894398459752448

 

This is good. It's something, at least.


Edited by algroth, 15 April 2019 - 01:02 PM.

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