Nantes Gothic Cathedral 2020 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 in Nantes 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 the Gothic Cathedral of St Peter and St Paul in Nantes, destroyed by the 18th July 2020 fire– Image: Department of Fire and Rescue SDIS 44

Notre Dame Fire: what we know about

The 15 April 2019 Notre Dame Cathedral fire is an iconic event and deserves to be studied appropriately. In the following text will be presented some considerations based on the information available on the internet.

Following at least 30 years of tragic fires that have destroyed several important cultural resources all over the world, such an important renovation site should have been followed with the utmost care. That does not mean that fire could not start but that a different outcome could have been reasonably expected if a fire happened. So, in order to better understand what really happened and, more important, why it happened (the site does not have access to direct information), in the following sections, articles and posts containing information and news about the fire will be quoted, together with the available information about the context, and the fire extinguishing operations carried out by the Paris Fire Brigade.

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