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Heaven help us all if this turns out to be arson.

 

I just watched the end of the Special Report from ABC, which ended with shots of the interior of the cathedral while it was still standing. It was so beautiful and so serene, and now it is gone.

 

Heartbreaking. Simply heartbreaking. There is no other way to describe it.

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There's not going to be enough left to determine whether it's arson or not.

 

I read some commentary from a firefighter wherein he detailed how the open wooden-beam construction with no roof access means there's effectively no way to save the building.  Best case scenario is that the fire started in the roof and doesn't quite burn all the way to the ground.  But you can't even send firefighters into the building if flaming timbers a foot across are falling from ten stories up.

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News photos of the fire show scaffolding all over the roof. From this I infer there was restoration/construction work going on.  My guess would then be that the fire started from construction accident.

 

EDIT: Ah yes. From Vox:

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The cause of the fire is not yet clear, though police told the Guardian that it appeared to be an accident and linked to restoration work. The approximately 800-year-old church, which is one of Paris’s most cherished attractions, has been in desperate need of repairs and restoration.

 

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President Macron has come as close as a secular politician can to swearing a blood oath on the flag of his ancestors that Notre Dame will rise again. That the best architectural minds in the world, the best construction technicians and workers, and the will of a nation -- if not a continent -- will come together to restore the cathedral to its beauty, glory, and raw emotional power.

 

It will be an epic labor. I doubt it will be completed in my lifetime. But it is a far better use of the world's time than making more bombs, more battles, and more orphans.

 

God bless Paris. God bless Notre Dame.

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Man suing parents for $86K for throwing out his porn collection

 

https://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/439034-man-suing-parents-for-86k-for-throwing-out-his-porn-collection

 

I'm not sympathetic to the subject matter of what the parents threw away. But this story brought up some very bitter memories of my own and I'm too furious at the moment to write about my own experiences. (Note the plural.)

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