So sad yesterday, as much as anything for the waste of countless thousand hours of labour not just to get the intricate stones and timbers in place - but even down to those doing daily maintenance and cleaning.
This morning it looks less terrible than might be feared but those decaying stones must have been weakened. The stone vaulting below the timber roof is only partly collapsed so the interior below is not totally destroyed
It is very similar to the smaller fire at York Minster. You would hardly know that happened now, an Uncle left them most of £1m in his will!
Too early to rush to judge, but you would have thought that if any work with remote fire risk was being done, some kind of monitoring should have continued for hours afterwards. Those dusty old timbers and dry spaces must be an absolute tinder box.
I started wondering if they don't have fire insurance to rebuild?
Apparently Churches over a certain age in France are owned by the state and leased back to the church - who only have to pay day to day costs like heat, light and stationary. This is far from ideal as who is liable for various aspects of maintenance seems to be a continuous battle. Notre Dame was a good example with various pieces regularly falling off and just stacked up against the walls or even left where they fell.