Short-circuit could be the cause of Notre Dame Cathedral fire: Police

Paris police official said initial investigation reveals fire at the Notre Dame Cathedral could have been broken through an electrical short-circuit and it was accidental. About forty people including cathedral staff and workers have so far been questioned.

Earlier Le Parisian newspaper published an article claiming investigators are looking whether the fire could have been linked to temporary elevators used in renovation work or a computer glitch.

Police official said unsourced reported cannot be commented and all leads are to be explored in the investigation.

The rector meanwhile has been proposed to build a temporary structure on the plaza to continue the worship.

Bishop Patrick Chauvet said, “The rector has no cathedral for the moment… But I’m going to try to invest something.”

President Emmanuel Macros said the 850-year-old cathedral could be restored in about five years. Paris is hosting Summer Olympics in 2024.

The iconic rose windows, bell towers and precious artworks have been saved but the lead roof and soaring spire were destroyed in the fire.

Bishop Patrick Chauvet said, “The rector has no cathedral for the moment… But I’m going to try to invest something.”

The country paid a daylong tribute to the firefighters for their courage in saving the landmark cathedral.

Macron added the firefighters will receive an Honor Medal.

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