Here’s what was happening at Notre Dame Cathedral yesterday when the fire broke out…

You may have heard rumors yesterday or today that Notre Dame was closed and empty when the fire broke out on the roof.

But that’s not true at all.

As it turns out, they were having a Mass yesterday when the fire-alarm went off:

NBC NEWS – An organist at Notre Dame Cathedral had just finished playing a psalm and the priest had started leading the gospel for the evening services when the fire alarm first sounded, startling those inside the historic church.

In an interview with NBC News, conducted over FaceTime from his home in Nancy, about 175 miles east of Paris, the musician recalled the heartbreak he felt when he saw the beloved Parisian landmark engulfed in flames.

“It’s like seeing your own house burning,” he said, “it’s just unbearable.”



For those of you unfamiliar with a Mass, the readings come very early in the liturgy. So they weren’t long into the Mass before the fire alarms rang out.

It continues:

The evening Mass began at 6:15 p.m. local time (12.15 p.m. ET) and it wasn’t long into the service when the fire alarm went off, causing confusion among church workers and visitors.

“Everybody was really surprised because it was the first time we had heard this alarm, so we didn’t really know what to do,” Vexo, 40, said.

It was then that people at the back of the cathedral — where the roof would later collapse — started to evacuate through the front entrance and the Mass had disbanded, he said.

Vexo, who plays at the cathedral weekly on Mondays or Tuesdays, first headed to the sacristy where he glanced at the alarm system, still in disbelief that the cathedral may actually be on fire.

“I was just thinking it was a mistake or a test,” he said. “I never thought that it was a true fire.”

In fact, he didn’t learn that Notre Dame was in flames until he was back at his Paris home, a short distance from the church, and a colleague telephoned him. Images of the burning building were already reverberating around the world when Vexo descended into the streets to take in the horrifying spectacle.

It would take 400 firefighters some nine hours to extinguish the blaze that ripped through the roof, destroying a spire and threatening to raze the historic Gothic cathedral.

I’m guessing since they were having Mass, no renovation was going on at the time.

So perhaps it was closed as a Museum because they were having Mass, but it’s just not true that no one was inside.

I’m glad to know that everyone got out unharmed, especially considering that it was the roof that was on fire.

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Conserve 58
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What was happening while the Notre Dame Cathedral was burning was the Al Aqsa mosque on the site of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem was also burning. Coincidence?

April 15th was also the anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic and the assassination of president Abraham Lincoln.

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I’m just shocked at how much survived the fire. From the looks of things, you’d expect the interior to be a burnt out shell. Glad to see so much of it has been preserved. The latest I heard was it was thought to be caused by an electrical fire in an elevator in the spire.

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Given that there have been hundred of cases of vandalism in France – including:

A spate of thefts and vandalism in French churches has led to calls for the government to act.

A spate of thefts and vandalism in French churches has led to calls for the government to act.

Recent incidents have included a fire in Saint-Sulpice church in Paris, human excrement smeared on the wall in Notre-Dame-des-Enfants church in Nîmes, southern France, and vandalism of the organ at Saint-Denis basilica outside Paris, where all but three of France’s kings are buried.

You might think that the French government would do a little more investigating into this fire before dismissing the thought of arson. Don’t experts have to “investigate” after the fire is out before coming to conclusions?

WendzPNW
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I`m surprised that Macron hasn’t blamed the fire on a yellow vest protester yet.

Trex
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I’m surprised the MSM hasn’t blamed Trump.

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TrexTrex
Give it time…they will. And when that happens I hope Trump gives them all a blasting – especially Macron.

Chow Yun Fatty
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Paul Joseph Watson has an interesting video on some Facebook live commenters.
https://youtu.be/B64XVAiK-9U

Charli
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There have been 47 attacks on Christian churches and religious sights in France since the first of the year, including theft, so to declare this an accident without full investigation is probably irresponsible. That said, in order to employ more people (much as obama tried here during his 8 years of America’s Hell), the French work only part-time and many are unable to make ends meet, so they are thieves, though most of the vandalism is out of hatred for faith in God. This is what is happening in an area of the world that has already made itself into a one-world order (The European Union, or EU) and is sucking in other nations as quickly as able. The demonrats of America have been trying to make our nation part of that mess for years and ONLY We The People can prevent that.

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In related news, a church in Anderson, SC, was vandalized, windows were broken and “Submit to god through islam” was spray painted on the wall. No religious group is being held responsible. Really? Are you kidding me? Don’t think that it’s only happened in Europe. I read this over at Jihad Watch, sorry I can’t link to it.

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6:30? Don’t they have a ridiculously short work day there? The average work week is 35 hours. Anyway, if it is terrorism, it’ll be covered up to avoid offending anyone.

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Glenn Beck made an interesting statement today that the fire inspector checked the cathedral three times per day where the old wood was being refurbished. Evidently, it was always a concern because the wood was so old and dry that any little spark could set a fire in motion. And since there was no power up in the roof area, I’m sure there were generators and maybe power cables fed up there for their work. Who knows if something simple sparked and lit a little flame. Don’t know but I thought it was interesting about the fire inspector.

Charli
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Then something like a daytime worker’s cigarette would spark the flames and destroy the building…but it is France. Sad that there lacks an excellence is caring for such an old and beautiful building erected to glorify God.

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But it’s interesting that it has survived all these centuries and previous renovation work, then it goes up during Holy Week, the day after Palm Sunday, and in a season of vandalism.

Charli
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Good point…there have been over 47 destructions of churches and Judeo-Christian holy places since January 1, 2019, but THIS is an “accident” during Holy Week…I agree with you completely. Declaring it an “accident” and by whom is something that may need further scrutiny, but I doubt that is going to happen in France.

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All this means is that someone had access to the church and that opens up the possibility of a deliberate act.

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I heard there was a fire alarm at 6:20 pm but they couldn’t find the fire, then another alarm went off at 6:43 pm and it was bad enough to abandon ship rather than fight it. I can’t imagine being satisfied with the idea the first was a false alarm, considering they were well aware of the fire danger in the attic. Seems like they only spent 20 minutes max searching for the cause of the first alarm, and then it was already too late when the 2nd went off?

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Some form of renovation or construction has been going on at the Notre Dame Pretty much over the last four or five years. The last two times I went there, there was scaffolding all over the place and parts of it was sealed off because of renovation. Considering how large the church is, it is very much possible that mass was going on while repairs were happening all the way up. Although, considering it was past six, Workers were probably done for the day. I am sure they will find out exact has given enough time.

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With all of the other church fires in France recently I’m thinking it’s a good possibility it was arson.

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Not to worry, the French government has already dismissed that theory and will investigate the fire as an accident to confirm their conclusion.

sjmom
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AvatarDrkjk You’re probably right. The French are known for their cowardice.

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It may take several days or even a couple of weeks before they suss out what started the fire.

Renny
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So, it was construction then it’s not construction?

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Fires don’t just start on their own. Either it was arson or a mechanical failure. The first explanation would make sense, the latter is a bit more difficult to comprehend that a building that lasted for 800 all of a sudden caught on fire.

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and I heard that they inspected 3 times a day to make sure everything was ok. Something fishy I think

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