• Notre Dame Cathedral fire: Short-circuit may have caused blaze, officials say

    By: Natalie Dreier, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

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    Investigators believe they have found the cause of the destructive fire that damaged a large portion of Notre Dame Cathedral.

    A French judicial police official said the fire may have started by an electrical short-circuit, The Associated Press reported.

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    Workers are bracing fragile walls of the building and investigators are still not allowed to go through the rubble due to safety concerns, the AP reported.

    Meantime, the cathedral’s rector proposed building a temporary church on Notre Dame’s plaza so those who want to worship at the cathedral can do so during restoration, according the AP. The plan got preliminary approval, but is “subject to technical restraints.”

    Monsignor Chauvet said, “We mustn’t say, ‘The cathedral is closed for five years and that’s it,’” according to BBC News.

    Check back for updates to this developing story.

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