Nantes Gothic Cathedral Fire

On July 18th, 2020, a fire has damaged the St Peter and St Paul Gothic Cathedral in Nantes. The fire appeared to be malicious in nature, since three triggers appear to have been found. The most significant damage was suffered by the organ, from the seventeenth century and the 16th century rose window.

Image showing the inside the Cathedral of St Peter and St Paul after the 18th July 2020 fire- Image: Department of Fire and Rescue SDIS 44

The firefighters intervened in force and prevented the fire from spreading to the rest of the building. Few day after the fire a volunteer had been detained by the police and questioned about alleged inconsistencies in his schedule, but was released without charge the following day. He was rearrested, indicted, and detained in pre-trial custody on July 25.

Image showing the organo of St Peter and St Paul destroyed by the 18th July 2020 fire– Image: Department of Fire and Rescue SDIS 44

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