Catholic Church

Here comes the Notre Dame fire investigation

WOrkers at Notre Dame
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It's been more than a week since the Notre Dame cathedral caught fire, and French investigators said they have yet to rule out any potential causes of the blaze, Reuters reports.

  • "Investigators are expected to search through the fire-damaged cathedral for remains of cables, lights or parts of circuitry that might give clues," The Guardian reports.

The big picture: Several potential causes still linger — electrical lifts from the outside of the building, electrical wiring on the inside and cigarette butts found inside. Officials believe the cause was possibly a short circuit linked to renovation.

St Patrick's Cathedral, New York, arrest over gas cans incident

New York police officers stand guard in front of St. Patricks Cathedral February 12, 2003 in New York City.
St. Patricks Cathedral. File photo: Stephen Chernin/Getty Images

Police arrested a 37-year-old New Jersey man for trying to enter St Patrick's Cathedral in New York City with 2 gasoline cans and lighter fluid Wednesday — 2 days after fire devastated Notre Dame.

"His basic story was that he was cutting through the cathedral to get to Madison Avenue, that his car had run out of gas. We took a look at the vehicle. It was not out of gas, and at that point he was taken into custody."
— NYPD's Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence and Counterterrorism John Miller