The blaze was not caused by arson, experts said after a three-year probe
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The devastating 2019 fire at the medieval Notre Dame de Paris cathedral in Paris was not of criminal origin, an inquiry has established, almost three years after the fire ravaged the structure.
According to a Le Parisien report on Tuesday, experts managed to reconstruct the unfolding of the disaster and concluded that the fire was not caused by a voluntary act. The results confirm preliminary findings in June 2019, which suggested there was no criminality involved.
At the moment, per the outlet’s information, the investigators consider two main options as the most likely causes of the fire: a cigarette butt or a short circuit.
There had been speculation about arson as the possible cause of the blaze, and discussions apparently intensified following a 2020 fire that destroyed the Nantes cathedral and was later confirmed to be an arson crime.