Notre Dame Paris on fire

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They may have been storing mineral wool or other insulation material that prior to being correctly installed are combustible. Then there's wood of course. It's a mighty orange fire and aglow.
 

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Emanuel Macron is on his way to visit the site.
Not sure more hot air is helpful...
Maybe somebody can explain to me whether it makes sense to spray water onto the top of the fire.
Isn't that the hottest part and the water will instantly evaporate?

 

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A very sad sight indeed. Hugely important architecturally, culturally and for Catholics and Christians throughout the world.

Fire services will need to answer in due course. What prevention measures were in place? Where were the pompiers etc.
 
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Emanuel Macron is on his way to visit the site.
Not sure more hot air is helpful...
Maybe somebody can explain to me whether it makes sense to spray water onto the top of the fire.
Isn't that the hottest part and the water will instantly evaporate?

They can't get to the top of the fire, it's something like 70 metres high. Most effective hoses will only go up to around 8th floor something like 30 metres. Plus the roof was known as the forest due to the amount of wooden beams and rafters it took 52 acres of a mediëval forest to make. So likely it would go up like a tinder box. The only question now is accident or arson?
 

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I read somewhere people were asking why they can't get a plane to drop water on it. Yes - let's use our precision guided water from X metres high and drop it on a dense urban area.
 

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I read somewhere people were asking why they can't get a plane to drop water on it. Yes - let's use our precision guided water from X metres high and drop it on a dense urban area.
Helicopters are also used for a more "precise" option.
Looks like the Vatican will save a lot of money on restauration with external money flooding in.
Problem with rebuilding is that there are not enough top class craftsmen for the jobs at hand.
 

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Given the number of parisians I saw smoking everywhere I’d suggest the most likely cause is some worker flicking a butt somewhere.
 

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There's a clip doing the rounds on the Note Dame façade.....

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It starts at 2:12:


I remember that series when it first came out. I have the book too. So much better than the recent BBC remake that was intended to be more ‘inclusive’ and politically correct.

First few episodes feature Skellig Michael and the Irish monks that brought us out of the Dark Ages.

Clark goes on to Iona, Chartres cathedral and St Francis of Assisi.

The first four episodes concentrate on the role of the church in civilisation - and Clark was not by any means a religious man.
 

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I think the real cause was a deformed man melting a pot of lead taken from the roof to pour on a mob trying to get a street performer on which he had a crush!
 

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Given the number of parisians I saw smoking everywhere I’d suggest the most likely cause is some worker flicking a butt somewhere.
To be fair to the Parisians, they do smoke their cigs with a certain je ne sais quoi.

I remember that series when it first came out. I have the book too. So much better than the recent BBC remake that was intended to be more ‘inclusive’ and politically correct.
I imagine Civilization remade through the prism of inter-sectionality, post-colonial theory and cultural Marxism would be a very ghastly series indeed!
 
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