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Old Yesterday, 12:14 PM
 
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I'd calculate the odds of terrorism at about 1%. It started on the roof so the two most likely explanations are 1) lightning strike, or 2) maintenance work gone awry. Skies look clear in the picture plus I'm pretty sure they had lightning rods protecting it so I'm going with #2.
They are doing construction on it.
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Old Yesterday, 12:16 PM
 
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This so sad. It was beautiful.

Everything is temporary.
this building was less temporary than most. ~700 years old IIRC.
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Old Yesterday, 12:18 PM
 
Location: Canada
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I'd calculate the odds of terrorism at about 1%. It started on the roof so the two most likely explanations are 1) lightning strike, or 2) maintenance work gone awry. Skies look clear in the picture plus I'm pretty sure they had lightning rods protecting it so I'm going with #2.
Yes, there was scaffolding all over the roof in the exact area of the first part of the fire.
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Old Yesterday, 12:21 PM
 
Location: too far from the sea
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I googled Notre Dame fire and saw a video of the spire collapsing. It was sickening. There was scaffolding all around because the spire was cracked. They were trying to repair it.
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Old Yesterday, 12:23 PM
 
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You keep big cauldrons of molten bronze on the roof, you're bound to get a fire eventually. I'm surprised it took this long.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKQJdf8HeUw
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Old Yesterday, 12:24 PM
 
Location: Brackenwood
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Imagine being the poor schlub who started this. "Whoops, I accidentally destroyed one of Western civilization's greatest treasures. My bad."
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Old Yesterday, 12:27 PM
 
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I googled Notre Dame fire and saw a video of the spire collapsing. It was sickening. There was scaffolding all around because the spire was cracked. They were trying to repair it.
i missed that. but there is streaming video here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGbmWOfdXcQ

edit- spiral falling:
https://twitter.com/patrickgaley/sta...ing-2019-04-15
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Old Yesterday, 12:28 PM
 
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Absolutely heartbreaking. I was planning a trip to London and Paris next spring, and to be honest, the Cathedral was the main thing I wanted to see in Paris.
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Old Yesterday, 12:31 PM
 
Location: Denver 'burbs
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Absolutely heartbreaking. I was planning a trip to London and Paris next spring, and to be honest, the Cathedral was the main thing I wanted to see in Paris.
I'm 3 weeks out from a planned trip to Paris. It was high on my list as well.
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Old Yesterday, 12:33 PM
 
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Just turned on the TV. OMG.
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