France probes possibility of negligence in Notre Dame fire

Published June 26, 2019, 10:35 PM

by Martin Sadongdong & Antonio Colina

By Reuters

PARIS – French authorities have no grounds to believe that the fire which wrecked Paris’ Notre-Dame Cathedral in April was the result of criminal action, although they were probing the possibility of negligence, said the Paris prosecutor’s office.

The Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral is pictured after the first mass since the devastating fire in April, in Paris, France, June 15, 2019. (REUTERS / MANILA BULLETIN)
The Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral is pictured after the first mass since the devastating fire in April, in Paris, France, June 15, 2019. (REUTERS / MANILA BULLETIN)

“If certain failings, which may explain the scale of the fire, have been brought to light, the investigations carried out to this date have not yet been able to determine the causes of the fire,” said a statement from Paris prosecutor Remy Heitz.

However, Heitz added that an investigation had been opened into the possibility of negligence having caused the blaze.

A massive fire consumed Notre-Dame Cathedral on the evening of April 15, gutting the roof of the Paris landmark and stunning France and the world, though firefighters saved the main bell towers and outer walls from collapse before bringing the blaze under control.

 
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