The fire in the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul in Nantes, France, was extinguished by the evening of Saturday, July 18. According to the representative of the fire brigade of the Department of Loire-Atlantique, Lieutenant Colonel Jerome Langlois, the risk of collapse inside the building is minimal. Still, firefighters will remain in place at night.
“Operations are continuing,” Langlois said.
He noted that the work might find elements that are important both for the investigation and for the upcoming reconstruction of the Cathedral.
Meanwhile, law enforcement agencies have not identified “signs of forced entry at the entrances to the Cathedral,” said Nantes Prosecutor Pierre Seine. The investigation into the fire is ongoing. In particular, the version about arson is being worked out. Earlier, three fires were found in the Cathedral. They were located at a considerable distance from each other.
The fire at the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul in Nantes, which was laid in 1434 and was under construction until 1891, occurred on Saturday morning. Firefighters managed to contain the fire in three hours, but the ancient organ and stained glass Windows of the XV century were significantly damaged. The Cathedral is one of the largest Gothic churches in France.