Police after a major fire in the Cathedral of Nantes, man in custody

the state attorney Pierre Sennès told the news Agency AFP on Sunday. Statements as to whether the man had been in the suspected arson involved, however, be "pr

Police after a major fire in the Cathedral of Nantes, man in custody

the state attorney Pierre Sennès told the news Agency AFP on Sunday. Statements as to whether the man had been in the suspected arson involved, however, be "premature and hasty," he said. The man was a Volunteer who had worked in the diocese. First, there had been reports in several media and a message from AFP said that the arrested man was a suspect.

The fire broke out at three different Places in the house of God from the 16th century. Century. The great organ in the Gothic St-Peter-and-Paul Cathedral was destroyed according to the fire Department probably "complete".

The fire brigade had been alerted against 07.45 am on Saturday morning by passers-by,the flame behind the rose window of the house of God saw how the fire and rescue services. Around a hundred firefighters were then in use, and brought the fire after about two hours under control. On television images have a huge black cloud of smoke was seen between the towers of the Cathedral, in the historic centre of Nantes, rise. Except for the organ in Church Windows and art objects have been destroyed by the fire.

Cathedral of Nantes: fires in different places

The authorities were quick to suspicion of arson. Prosecutor Pierre Sennès said that three fires had been far away from each other. A fire broke out, was the great organ. The distance to the other fire destroyed almost the whole length of the Cathedral was the herds of"". In the case of the first investigations of the investigators, no traces of breaking in to the additions, however, were found.

According to firefighters, the damage is concentrated on the great organ. Fire chief Laurent Ferlay said, with the fire in the Paris Cathedral of Notre-Dame in the past year, the fire in the Peter-and-Paul-Cathedral of Nantes was not comparable. The landmark of the French capital had been damaged in a devastating fire in April of 2019 hard and is since then in the reconstruction.

The damages are not so huge as those following a major fire in the Peter-and-Paul-Cathedral 48 years ago, said Ferlay more. At that time the roof had been so severely damaged that a concrete need reinforcement to be used. The renovation work on the house of God lasted for 13 years.

450 years of construction,

the construction of The Sankt-Peter-and-Paul Cathedral began in 1434 and lasted until the end of the 19th century. Century. The 63-Meter-high towers date from the early 16th century. Century.

in 2015, it had already burned in a Church in Nantes: at the Time, parts of the Basilica of Saint-Donatien from the 19th century. Century destroyed. The Western French city, has a total of two basilicas and a Cathedral.

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Updated Date: 19 July 2020, 05:26

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