Nantes, July 18
A serious hearth broke out within the cathedral within the western French metropolis of Nantes on Saturday, blowing out stained glass home windows and destroying the grand organ within the 15th-century constructing, officers stated.
Prosecutor Pierre Sennes informed reporters three fires had been began on the web site and authorities have been treating the incident as a felony act. He gave no different particulars.
Dozens of firemen introduced the fireplace beneath management after a number of hours. Smoke was nonetheless popping out of the Gothic construction after large flames earlier engulfed the within.
The blaze comes simply over a 12 months after a significant hearth on the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, which destroyed its roof and predominant spire.
Local hearth chief Laurent Ferlay informed reporters 104 firemen have been nonetheless on the web site to make sure the blaze was fully beneath management.
The hearth had damaged out behind the grand organ, which was fully destroyed, he stated. Stained glassed home windows on the entrance of the cathedral have been blown out.
However, the injury was not as dangerous as initially feared.
“We are not in a Notre Dame de Paris scenario. The roof has not been touched,” Ferlay stated.
It was not the first-time hearth has broken the cathedral.
It was partly destroyed throughout World War Two in 1944 after Allied bombings. In 1972 a fireplace fully ravaged its roof. It was lastly rebuilt 13 years later with a concrete construction changing the traditional picket roof.
“The fire of 1972 is in our minds, but at this stage the simulation is not comparable,” Nantes Mayor Johanna Rolland informed reporters.
Cecile Renaud, who works in a bakery dealing with the cathedral and alerted the fireplace companies early on Saturday, informed BFM TV she had seen large flames contained in the constructing.
“It was a huge shock. It’s extremely sad.” In 2015, a fireplace that appeared to have been attributable to renovation work destroyed a lot of the roof of one other church in Nantes, the Saint Donatien Basilica.