Fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris

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Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2019/04/15/fire-at-notre-dame-cathedral-i.html

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#2

Ugh. Ugh. Ugh.

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#3

I am guessing it is the scaffolding and equipment as how do you burn stone?

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#4

OMG

This is HORRIBLE.

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#5

…eer the mister @MrDDyer will be the not happy

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#6

That’s some flammable scaffolding then…

Man, this hurts.

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#7

The walls and structure will probably be ok. The roof is not made of stone. And neither are the stained glass windows.

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#8

I was there two years ago, and there was significant amount of wooden beams in the upper tower structure. Probably the same for the roof.

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#9

Aw man. This is a terrible loss.

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#10

Well that sucks. I hope the hell this is not deliberate.

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#11

I was going to make a joke about Pope Ratburger’s pants being on display, but that looks pretty catastrophic.

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#12

I doubt it. Probably just another bog-standard incompetent builder screwing up. Unfortunately, this time it happened in a priceless landmark building.

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#13

This is heartbreaking. I’m glad my aunt isn’t alive to see this; as an art lover and staunch Catholic, this would have been a double blow.
eta: I have little hope of the spire surviving.

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#14

The architecture was amazing and the cathedral is irreplaceable part of Paris history. I’m nearly in tears now.
I don’t think it was deliberate - it’s really easy to accidentally start fire on wooden roofs of historical buildings, and it spreads ridiculously fast.

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#15

All the French soldiers and policeman walking around the cathedral every day with sub machine guns to prevent a act of terrorism and this, now this, an accident, fuck. Just fuck.

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#16

Was a hunchback seen leaving the scene?

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#17

I hope it does, what little I know of cathedral construction, if that goes it could take everything else with it.

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#18

The spire just collapsed.

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#19

I wonder how much wood was from the 19th century, and how much dates back to the medieval period.

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#20

Spire is not looking good.

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