Notre Dame Fire – WATCH: Footage captures suspicious activity on cathedral’s roof just before inferno
On 15 April 2019, just before 18:20 local time, a fire broke out beneath the roof of Notre-Dame Cathedral, Paris.
By the time it was extinguished 15 hours later, the building’s spire and most of its roof had been destroyed and its upper walls severely damaged; extensive damage to the interior was prevented by its stone vaulted ceiling, which largely contained the burning roof as it collapsed.
Footage captured at 17:05 on the evening of April 15 has emerged, showing an unidentified individual moving in odd patterns on the scaffolding. Two flashes of light are seen.
At around 18.50 local time, the cathedral’s roof was in full blaze.
Thirty minutes after the fire began the media told that was an accident and French authorities finished the investigation before they put out the fire.
The welding company said there was no welding done that day. The last worker cut the power supply up there also.
Prosecutors had suggested a short circuit in a lift installed to carry construction material could have started the blaze. However, this theory appears unlikely given that it started nowhere near the lift and its cables, according to investigators.
While the world watched in horror the devastation caused by the savage blaze at Paris’ historic Notre Dame Cathedral, the fire is only the latest in a series of attacks that have targeted Catholic churches across France. Some of the attacks occurred alongside the desecration of sacred objects and acts of vandalism.
Popular Israeli TV host Avri Gilad said last week that Notre Dame was set ablaze by Muslim terrorists and that French investigators were lying about the cause.
Emmanuelle Elbaz-Phelps, a foreign correspondent for Channel 12 news who was being interviewed by Gilad, replied she, in fact, did know there was no arson since the French investigation had established that.
Gilad said that French authorities do not report any crimes committed by Muslims.
“They are afraid of their own shadows but more than that they are afraid of Muslims,” he said.
After the broadcast, Gilad took to Twitter to say: “875 churches were desecrated in France, this year, many of them set on fire by Muslims. The notion that the Notre Dame fire was also set by Muslims is really too bold for my colleges can bear. Who needs logic, when you have PC?”