Cigarette and electric fault among possible Notre-Dame fire causesChristian Fernsby ▼ | June 27, 2019
Paris prosecutors ruled out criminal motives in the cause of the devastating fire at Notre Dame cathedral in Paris on April 15, but believed negligence possible.
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The investigators have focused attention on several hypotheses "including a malfunctioning of the electrical system or a fire which started with a badly stubbed-out cigarette", said the statement, indicating that criminal motives have been ruled out.
According to the prosecutor's office, "more in-depth" investigations will now have to be carried out.
Notre-Dame Cathedral in central Paris caught fire on April 15. It is considered one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture which receives about 12 million visitors each year. ■