Thursday, July 18, 2019

NYTimes: How the Notre-Dame was almost a total loss

The New York Times has an exclusive booklet article, which is well illustrated with animated gifs and interactive diagrams in the online version. It is “Notre-Dame came far closer to collapsing than people knew; this is how it was saved”.

There are multiple authors: Elian Peltier, James Glanz, Mika Grondahl, Weiyi Cai, Adam Nossiter, and Liz Alderman.

A new employee noticed the alarm, and another person went to the wrong place, losing precious time.

It sill isn’t clear what started the fire, but the Catherdral had obviously not been properly maintained, given the resources of the church.  And now the funds required are a political flashpoint given all the Yellow Vest protests.

Many firefighters, including women, took unknown risks climbing into the inferno to prevent total collapse.
By Joëlle Lévy - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, Link

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