Notre Dame in Paris burns – One more example of bad management during restoration works?

15th April,

The roof of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris (France) is burning. The images that TV’s are broadcasting show high flames and no real possibility to extinguish them. The roof is too high from the ground to let firefighters try to extinguish the fire from the external part of the building and inside the building perhaps the conditions do not allow any significative possibility to limit damages.

At the moment, the cause of the fire seems to be identified in the ongoing maintenance or restoration works.
If this were the reason, it would be extremely serious that a historic building of such importance was the object of works without the necessary caution in limiting the risk of fire. it is universally known, in fact, that fires due to maintenance or restoration works are among the most disastrous for cultural buildings and that the most serious damages suffered by cultural heritage are due precisely to fires.

Fire in Italian historical town damages several buildings

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A moment of the fire (picture from: http://www.laprovinciadivarese.it/stories/verbano-e-valli/mostruoso-incendio-a-luino-20-sfollati_1164847_11/)

A fire broke out in the historic  center of Luino (Italy). For reasons still under investigation a roof of a house situated on a courtyard went to the fire. The fire started around 211.00 pm, perhaps because of the overheating of a chimney. Aided by the wind that was blowing very strong at that time, the roofs of four buildings have been destroyed.

Twenty citizens have been evacuated. Several apartments were declared unfit for habitation, the damage amounted to hundreds of thousands of euro. the narrow streets of the old town have made it difficult to extinguish fire by firefighters.

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A firefighters ladder after the fire (picture from: www.vigilfuoco.it)