Notre Dame cathedral fire may have been caused by renovation


Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral was undergoing a $12 million renovation when it went up in flames Monday.

The monument’s spire — now just a pile of ashes — and its edifice were being restored to fix damage from pollution and old age, according to AFP.

Officials said Monday the fire may have been linked to the renovation.

On Thursday, 16 bronze statues of the 12 apostles and the four evangelists were lifted off the spire via a crane to be taken away for cleaning, the wire service reported.

The statues were installed during a restoration of the cathedral in the 1860s.

The French government was footing the bill for the current spruce up, but the Archbishop of Paris had been on a mission to raise more than $113 million to fund full repairs of the 850-year-old cathedral.

Statues are removed from the spire of Notre Dame cathedral by a crane before restoration work, in Paris
Statues are removed from the spire of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris by a crane.

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A detail of the statue representing St. Thomas

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The statue representing St. Andrew perched atop Notre Dame Cathedral descends to earth for the first time in over a century.

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The statues previously perched atop the cathedral are loaded onto a truck.

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The head of a statue is loaded into a box prior to descent.

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A statue is removed from the spire of Notre Dame cathedral by a crane before restoration work, in Paris
A statue is removed from the spire.

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Restored genie and angel sculptures wait to be reinstalled on the dome.

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Workers start the reinstallation of restored genie and angel sculptures on the dome.

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Original angel sculptures, formerly set on the church’s dome, are on display in the crypt.

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A crane lifts one of the restored genie and angel sculptures during their reinstallation on the dome.

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A crane lifts one of the restored sculptures during their reinstallation on the dome.

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Workers reinstall a restored angel sculpture on the dome.

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