A hearth alarm first wailed contained in the Notre Dame Cathedral at 6:20 p.m. Monday, however for 23 vital minutes cathedral employees looked for a blaze, unable to seek out the trigger.
It wasn’t till a second alarm went off at 6:43 p.m. hearth was detected within the attic of the centuries-old non secular landmark, French officers mentioned Tuesday.
Paris prosecutor Rémy Heitz laid out a timeline of the night time’s occasions as his workplace opened an investigating into the reason for the catastrophic hearth that tore via the historic construction, toppling its iconic spire and crumbling a lot of the monument’s roof.
“We’re favoring the speculation of an accident,” Heitz instructed reporters Tuesday, including that the investigation into the blaze can be “lengthy” and “advanced.”
Heitz mentioned the preliminary alarm, which was regarded into by cathedral employees and never firefighters, brought on the church to be evacuated however didn’t result in the invention of the hearth, in line with the Washington Submit.
“Within the meantime, the church was evacuated as a result of a Mass simply began a bit earlier,” Heitz mentioned.
Johann Vexo, an organist on the Notre Dame who was contained in the cathedral, instructed French newspaper Ouest-France that he did not odor or see any smoke or flames when the primary alarm went off.
“Everybody was immobilized by shock for possibly a minute,” Vexo mentioned. Inside minutes, parishioners and vacationers emptied the cathedral, leaving simply employees behind.
When he left the constructing about 20 minutes later, Vexo mentioned there was nonetheless no proof of a hearth, including that he thought it was a false alarm.
Monsignor Patrick Chauvet, the rector of Notre Dame, instructed French radio station France Inter that the cathedral has hearth supervisors who go as much as the attic to look at the body thrice a day.
“When it comes to safety, I doubt we might have achieved extra,” Chauvet mentioned.
Heitz mentioned there have been no indications that the blaze was began intentionally. Investigators plan to interview representatives from the businesses that have been renovating the construction on the time of the hearth.
In the meantime, French President Emmanuel Macron has vowed to rebuild the cathedral as billionaires and companies step ahead to pledge monetary donations to help that effort.