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    A fire has broken out at the famous Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris.

    The cause of the blaze was not immediately clear, but officials say that it could be linked to renovation work.

    Images on social media show plumes of smoke billowing into the air above the 850-year-old Gothic building.

    Last year, the Catholic Church in France launched an urgent appeal for funds to save the cathedral, which was starting to crumble.

    A major operation is under way to tackle the blaze, which broke out on Monday afternoon. An area surrounding the building in central Paris has been cleared, officials said.
    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-47941794

    That sucks. Very beautiful building.
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  • #2
    Holy crap that fire is for real!!

    Pete (hopes to God this isn't arson)

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    • #3
      The roof caved in. A spire has fallen. This is going to be a total loss!

      Pete (watches in disbelief)

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      • #4
        As an old fire insurance underwriter, I'm fascinated by this. This structure, like so many others of it's ilk, was doomed once the fire became too much for one man to extinguish. People look at the limestone and granite walls of these buildings and assume they won't burn, not realizing that their skeletal structure is all wood beams. In most cases, this wood has been tinder-dry for centuries.
        Having said that, one wonders what would have been the result if water could have been applied early on. Where in the hell were those pumpers in the first 2 hours?
        At the precipice, we change!
        The problem with Capitalism is that humans run it.

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        • #5
          13,000 oak trees 1 for each beam. Estimated at 200-300 years old; likely started growing around 1050. Holy shit, what a loss.
          They speak in bulletpointese leftist nutjob drivel. It doesn't matter. Nothing is as great a motivator as the chance to truly be free.
          -Mr. Raceboy

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Ronny View Post
            As an old fire insurance underwriter, I'm fascinated by this. This structure, like so many others of it's ilk, was doomed once the fire became too much for one man to extinguish. People look at the limestone and granite walls of these buildings and assume they won't burn, not realizing that their skeletal structure is all wood beams. In most cases, this wood has been tinder-dry for centuries.
            Having said that, one wonders what would have been the result if water could have been applied early on. Where in the hell were those pumpers in the first 2 hours?
            I was watching the livestream from early in the fire, around noon central time. It seemed like FOREVER before the fire department showed up.

            Pete (had people on the ground over there texting him)

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            • #7
              God is upset about the priest pedos

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              • #8
                Could be, but it looks like he would have picked someplace closer to Rome.
                At the precipice, we change!
                The problem with Capitalism is that humans run it.

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                • #9
                  I couldn't find anyplace where it said this, but I get the distinct impression that an early decision was made to sacrifice a portion of the structure in order to save the rest (and most important). What we couldn't see yesterday was a serious marshalling of forces inside the main structure where they flooded it with water.
                  At the precipice, we change!
                  The problem with Capitalism is that humans run it.

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                  • #10
                    The rose windows and most of the internal stonework survived. Those windows are irreplaceable. They still have no idea how the glass was made in some of those colors.
                    They speak in bulletpointese leftist nutjob drivel. It doesn't matter. Nothing is as great a motivator as the chance to truly be free.
                    -Mr. Raceboy

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                    • #11
                      Ubisoft is giving away Assassin's Creed: Unity, which includes a rendering of the Notre Dame Cathedral, for free between now and the 24th:

                      https://register.ubisoft.com/acu-not...giveaway/en-US

                      Pete (suggests you get yours)

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