Speculation about the true cause of the fire at Notre Dame has ranged from an innocuous equipment malfunction to a menacing plot to frame gilet jaunes protesters. But according to the rector of the 850-year-old cathedral, the fire that tore through the cathedrals' oaken beams might have been started by machine, not man.
The New York Post reports that a 'computer glitch' may have been responsible for the fire's start, according to Notre Dame's rector, Patrick Chauvet.
A “computer glitch” may have been behind the fast-spreading fire that ravaged Notre Dame, the cathedral’s rector said Friday, as architects and construction workers tried to figure out how to stabilize the damaged structure and protect it from the elements.
Speaking during a meeting of local business owners, rector Patrick Chauvet did not elaborate on the exact nature of the glitch, adding that "we may find out what happened in two or three months."
Police are reportedly investigating whether a glitch was the cause, or whether the fire was started by the temporary elevators installed by the company handling the renovation work on the cathedral. An electrical short-circuit also may have been responsible for starting the fire.
Meanwhile, planning for the reconstruction efforts is in its early stages. President Macron has appointed a general, Jean-Louis Georgelin, a former chief of staff of the armed forces, to lead the reconstruction effort.
However, a suggestion from Macron to use modern materials to reconstruct the cathedral's 150-year-old spire, which collapsed during the fire, has sparked a controversy, as France's conservatives demand that the cathedral be rebuilt with the same oak and stone used in the original construction.