The fire of Notre-Dame has upset Europe; and with the passage of time new details emerge on the possibility that something more could have been done to save the destroyed spire.
According to Le Parisien, the first alarm triggered by the fire would have been ignored due to a computer bug. Two security agents – heard by the police – would have said that the outbreak had been located at the base of the spire, Senna side, but to have been directed to a wrong point by a computer bug in the system. The origin of the flames was therefore found much later.
To start the fire, Le Parisien reports, “may have been a short circuit”. “The investigators are mainly investigating the elevators used for the works”. The scaffolding for the restoration work that was in progress on the roof and the spire were equipped with two elevators, the first reaching 24 meters above the ground, the other reaching the roof at 54 meters. A third lift, which would have been used by the workers to reach the summit of the spire then collapsed, would have been built shortly.
Meanwhile, the Paris fire department spokesman, Philippe Demay, in a press conference in Paris, clarified the role of firefighters: “It is clear that if we had not been so fast, the two towers would have collapsed,” he said. “This is the greatest intervention I’ve ever done. Notre-Dame is something special. People thank us, give us presents. They were moved by our intervention in the cathedral”.
And the risk of collapse is still so frightening. According to the fire brigade commander, Gabriel Plus, “There is a threat on the gables”, the triangular pediments on the sides of the cathedral that were once supported by the roof and are now open to the elements.
“They no longer stand on the roof, but stand on themselves, they are therefore exposed to the wind. For this reason, weight must be removed”. In the opinion of some experts, the gables could therefore be partially removed, to prevent their collapse from creating further damage, including the precious rose window.