REPORT: Here’s what they are saying may have caused the Notre Dame Cathedral fire…

Reports are starting to emerge about why the fire, that ripped through he wooden roof of the Notre Dame Cathedral, began in the first place.

While they don’t know for sure yet, signs seem to point toward the elevators used in the renovation of the very old cathedral:

NY POST – A “computer glitch” may have been behind the fast-spreading fire that ravaged Notre Dame, the cathedral’s rector said Friday, as architects and construction workers tried to figure out how to stabilize the damaged structure and protect it from the elements.

Speaking during a meeting of local business owners, rector Patrick Chauvet did not elaborate on the exact nature of the glitch, adding that “we may find out what happened in two or three months.”

On Thursday, Paris police investigators said they think an electrical short-circuit most likely caused the fire.

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.



With the heavy number of attacks on Catholic churches around France in the last two months, some are still expecting the analysis to reveal the fire began because of a plot against the church. And that may yet still happen.

But as of right now it doesn’t seem like that’s the case and honestly, a malfunction with the renovation elevators would make sense considering the fire began on the roof.

In a related story, there is more good news related to the fire:

Top French art conservation officials say the works inside Notre Dame suffered no major damage in the fire that devastated the cathedral, and the pieces have been removed from the building for their protection.

Isabelle Palot-Frossat of the center for research at the French Museums said neither fire, nor soot, nor water reached inside the cathedral’s walls. The fierce fire Monday evening was concentrated on the cathedral’s roof and destroyed its famous spire.

Judith Kagan of the French Culture Ministry said that many of the artworks span several meters (yards) across and were being transported to a secure location.

That’s amazing. I know we’ve all seen pictures of the insider of the cathedral since the fire, but I still remember thinking that the cathedral wasn’t going to survive as I watched the fire blaze.

It’s a great relief that so much, including the famous stained glass windows, survived the fire.

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45 thoughts on “REPORT: Here’s what they are saying may have caused the Notre Dame Cathedral fire…

  1. There’s a lot of confusion on this thread. As I understand it, two stories independent from each other are being conflated. I don’t know if either is true but Story-1) reports are that the fire-alarm panel sounded, but a glitch in it, may have misidentified the LOCATION of the fire — if this happened, perhaps the fire’s origin could have been discovered and battled earlier, hence claims that the supposed glitch may have exacerbated the fire. Story-2) One currently theorized origin of the fire is that it may be electrical-related but at this preliminary stage when everything is just char, it’s best not to run too far with speculation; I’d wait for the full info to come out in time.

  2. How marvelous that God created the element gold to be virtually unreactive, incorruptible, so that the cross could shine forth as a beacon of hope and reflect His comforting power. It proclaimed resurrection amid the ashes, merely waiting to be discovered.

  3. There are literally millions (billions?) of computers in the Western world. How often does one “glitching” cause a fire? Has it ever? Excluding smartphone batteries, which isn’t a “glitch” anyway… What does that even mean? Must have been the “self destruct control control module”… /sarc

    Seriously sounds like a crap CSI: Miami plot.

    And given the time, I’m skeptical about the elevator too. Wasn’t it around 7pm local time? Am I supposed to believe that the construction workers (who work 35 hours a week in France) were working that late, or that equipment that was not in use randomly bust into flames? Also considering that this is EU France, which likely has codes and occupational rules like the which OSHA hasn’t dreamed of… The chances of this being a hacked together fire hazard like some 3rd world job is not likely.

    I’ll wait and see but I’m still not going to trust the people who were ruling out very likely possibilities while the fire was still raging…

    1. Yup. Look at the contents of this letter from one of 3 ISIS women who tried to car bomb Notre Dame in 2016:

      In the letter, she said she was answering the call of Abu Mohammad al-Adnani, according to Molins. Adnani, one of the highest-ranking figures in ISIS, was killed in late August.

      The letter also said that “I am attacking you in your lands in order to terrorize you,” according to Molins.

      Let’s not be like the French and fool ourselves into believing that this had nothing to do with Islamic terrorism.

    2. Glitch is one of those words like Collusion that really has no exact meaning and can be thrown out there to confuse and distract people.

  4. I’ve been skeptical about the cause and not sure I’m buying this theory either. When I saw the picture of the Cross I knew God had His hand upon the cathedral so I’m not surprised so much was saved. To Him be the glory for it!

  5. signs seem to point toward the elevators used in the renovation of the very old cathedral

    So you’re saying that it was a Muslim elevator?

  6. How marvelous that God created the element gold to be virtually unreactive, incorruptible, so that the cross could shine forth as a beacon of hope and reflect His comforting power. It proclaimed resurrection amid the ashes, merely waiting to be discovered.

  7. Excellent news. I got so annoyed with all those people saying the “frame of the CATHEDRAL” rather than the wooden frame of the ROOF would be totally destroyed. Likewise those saying it would burn to the ground. It didn’t make sense for a stone building. Shep was one of those annoying folks.

  8. Temporary elevators are like those rides you see at traveling carnivals. Lots of years of disassembly/reassembly makes them kind of rattly. Switch levers get thrown by workers, rather than smoothly activated. The contacts get worn. Sparks can fly.

    So yeah, could be the origin.

    But contractors who take these kinds of jobs are usually highly dedicated, and take extra precautions to work like they are in a sacred space. You see them profiled in magazines all the time, often happy to show you the great lengths they go to to protect the building and its contents.

    So it’s all kind of iffy.

  9. There’s a lot of confusion on this thread. As I understand it, two stories independent from each other are being conflated. I don’t know if either is true but Story-1) reports are that the fire-alarm panel sounded, but a glitch in it, may have misidentified the LOCATION of the fire — if this happened, perhaps the fire’s origin could have been discovered and battled earlier, hence claims that the supposed glitch may have exacerbated the fire. Story-2) One currently theorized origin of the fire is that it may be electrical-related but at this preliminary stage when everything is just char, it’s best not to run too far with speculation; I’d wait for the full info to come out in time.

  10. “computer glitch” is a made up term so people can feel good about themselves and deflect from responsibility for human error or sabotage. I think it’s the later.

  11. In 2016 a group of ISIS baddies were arrested for trying to car bomb the cathedral. The cathedral was at the top of ISIS’s hit list.

    Here’s an article from the 2016 bombing attempt. One of the ladies was the girlfriend of ISIS’s top French assassin: https://hotair.com/archives/2016/09/09/women-planned-notre-dame-attack-directed-isis/

    I don’t believe in pure coincidences, especially on Easter week? No way this was just an electrical accident, no matter what their investigation finds.

    1. I tend to agree with you Tom. An electrical or computer glitch could be engineered to serve the purpose of sabotage if needed. If the elevator system was eminently reliable something like this would be immediately suspicious I would think. I don’t see anyone using a system prone to glitches (especially potentially catastrophic ones) in a place that was a hugely important irreplaceable cultural icon like the Cathedral was. The company responsible for the renovations would also be heavily vested in a super reliable system since any damage they caused would be devastating to their company. Their liability would be staggering. So any electrical “glitch” to my mind should immediately be incredibly suspicious to them. Guess we’ll have to wait and see as the investigation goes forward. Hopefully though I hope their investigation is not impeded by stupid political correctness or we may never really get the truth.

  12. There are literally millions (billions?) of computers in the Western world. How often does one “glitching” cause a fire? Has it ever? Excluding smartphone batteries, which isn’t a “glitch” anyway… What does that even mean? Must have been the “self destruct control control module”… /sarc

    Seriously sounds like a crap CSI: Miami plot.

    And given the time, I’m skeptical about the elevator too. Wasn’t it around 7pm local time? Am I supposed to believe that the construction workers (who work 35 hours a week in France) were working that late, or that equipment that was not in use randomly bust into flames? Also considering that this is EU France, which likely has codes and occupational rules like the which OSHA hasn’t dreamed of… The chances of this being a hacked together fire hazard like some 3rd world job is not likely.

    I’ll wait and see but I’m still not going to trust the people who were ruling out very likely possibilities while the fire was still raging…

    1. Yup. Look at the contents of this letter from one of 3 ISIS women who tried to car bomb Notre Dame in 2016:

      In the letter, she said she was answering the call of Abu Mohammad al-Adnani, according to Molins. Adnani, one of the highest-ranking figures in ISIS, was killed in late August.

      The letter also said that “I am attacking you in your lands in order to terrorize you,” according to Molins.

      Let’s not be like the French and fool ourselves into believing that this had nothing to do with Islamic terrorism.

      1. Yep. The French, like way too many countries today, keep trying to feed that proverbial crocodile (Islam) hoping it will eat them last. Sadly though they refuse to realize that the crocodile already has them by the leg and they are next on the menu.

    2. Glitch is one of those words like Collusion that really has no exact meaning and can be thrown out there to confuse and distract people.

  13. I’ve been skeptical about the cause and not sure I’m buying this theory either. When I saw the picture of the Cross I knew God had His hand upon the cathedral so I’m not surprised so much was saved. To Him be the glory for it!

  14. Maybe the people of France will use this as a sign to actually ATTEND their churches instead of using them as tourist attractions. God’s ways are indeed mysterious.

  15. signs seem to point toward the elevators used in the renovation of the very old cathedral

    So you’re saying that it was a Muslim elevator?

  16. I am a stained glass enthusiast and mourned the loss of the famous Rose Windows. To find they weren’t lost is such good news!

    Whatever caused the fire – it is probably too soon to know. An extensive, and honest, investigation must be done. Of course those who have all ready made up their minds won’t care what an investigation shows. There is also a problem with the credibility of investigations done these days.

    Perhaps this was always so. Perhaps much of the history we “know” is simply spin by those who were there and wanted the best face put on their issues.

    I’ve come to believe that most people aren’t all that concerned with the truth.

    It is good news on Good Friday that so much was saved.

  17. “computer glitch” and “electrical short-circuit” are not the same… I doubt a “computer glitch” in an elevator would cause a fire, but an “electrical short-circuit” certainly could.

  18. Excellent news. I got so annoyed with all those people saying the “frame of the CATHEDRAL” rather than the wooden frame of the ROOF would be totally destroyed. Likewise those saying it would burn to the ground. It didn’t make sense for a stone building. Shep was one of those annoying folks.

  19. Temporary elevators are like those rides you see at traveling carnivals. Lots of years of disassembly/reassembly makes them kind of rattly. Switch levers get thrown by workers, rather than smoothly activated. The contacts get worn. Sparks can fly.

    So yeah, could be the origin.

    But contractors who take these kinds of jobs are usually highly dedicated, and take extra precautions to work like they are in a sacred space. You see them profiled in magazines all the time, often happy to show you the great lengths they go to to protect the building and its contents.

    So it’s all kind of iffy.

  20. “computer glitch” is a made up term so people can feel good about themselves and deflect from responsibility for human error or sabotage. I think it’s the later.

  21. In 2016 a group of ISIS baddies were arrested for trying to car bomb the cathedral. The cathedral was at the top of ISIS’s hit list.

    Here’s an article from the 2016 bombing attempt. One of the ladies was the girlfriend of ISIS’s top French assassin: https://hotair.com/archives/2016/09/09/women-planned-notre-dame-attack-directed-isis/

    I don’t believe in pure coincidences, especially on Easter week? No way this was just an electrical accident, no matter what their investigation finds.

    1. I tend to agree with you Tom. An electrical or computer glitch could be engineered to serve the purpose of sabotage if needed. If the elevator system was eminently reliable something like this would be immediately suspicious I would think. I don’t see anyone using a system prone to glitches (especially potentially catastrophic ones) in a place that was a hugely important irreplaceable cultural icon like the Cathedral was. The company responsible for the renovations would also be heavily vested in a super reliable system since any damage they caused would be devastating to their company. Their liability would be staggering. So any electrical “glitch” to my mind should immediately be incredibly suspicious to them. Guess we’ll have to wait and see as the investigation goes forward. Hopefully though I hope their investigation is not impeded by stupid political correctness or we may never really get the truth.

  22. Maybe the people of France will use this as a sign to actually ATTEND their churches instead of using them as tourist attractions. God’s ways are indeed mysterious.

  23. I am a stained glass enthusiast and mourned the loss of the famous Rose Windows. To find they weren’t lost is such good news!

    Whatever caused the fire – it is probably too soon to know. An extensive, and honest, investigation must be done. Of course those who have all ready made up their minds won’t care what an investigation shows. There is also a problem with the credibility of investigations done these days.

    Perhaps this was always so. Perhaps much of the history we “know” is simply spin by those who were there and wanted the best face put on their issues.

    I’ve come to believe that most people aren’t all that concerned with the truth.

    It is good news on Good Friday that so much was saved.

  24. “computer glitch” and “electrical short-circuit” are not the same… I doubt a “computer glitch” in an elevator would cause a fire, but an “electrical short-circuit” certainly could.

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