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.”

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.

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.

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 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.

Further good news is that over $1 billion has been pledged for Notre Dame’s restoration. However, such generosity cannot go unpunished!

A common position among critics: The mega-donations prove social problems could be quickly addressed if the wealthy were motivated to do so.

Class tensions in France have recently been on display in protests tied to the “Yellow Jacket” movement. French President Emmanuel Macron has been a target of protesters who claim his government does not care about ordinary people or France’s growing social inequalities.

So when wealthy Frenchmen quickly pledged massive donations, some associated with the movement balked. “If they can give tens of millions to rebuild Notre Dame, then they should stop telling us there is no money to help with the social emergency,” The Washington Post quotes Philippe Martinez, head of the CGT trade union.

Finally, Notre Dame’s bee hives survived the fire.

“I am so relieved. I saw satellite photos that showed the three hives didn’t burn. I thought they had gone with the cathedral,” beekeeper Nicolas Geant told the Associated Press on Friday.

The 180,000 bees live in three hives on Notre Dame’s roof as part of an effort since 2013 to help prevent bee die-off.

…The hives are located on a sacristy roof about 100 feet below the main roof that burned, which allowed them to endure the fire, he told CNN.

Perhaps those unhappy with the donations going toward an important site to millions around the world will be consoled that 180.000 insects will continue to have a home?

 
 
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