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As the smoke clears, a storm brews over Notre Dame

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While the Cathedral of Notre Dame smolders, so do the emotions of European and Parisian authorities. The stone structure, some artwork and various relics survived the flames. However, flames destroyed the iconic spire and other structures under restoration.

The Paris public prosecutor announced that the city has launched an investigation into the cause of the fire. It is expected that the investigation will likely be long and very complex, much like the investigations into the devastating California fires.

Investigating large fires

The Cathedral's open structure, heavy use of timber and lack of sprinkler fire extinguishing systems contributed to the roof's quick demise. Unfortunately, three other historic buildings in France have suffered similar fates in the past 10 years.

Authorities questioned restoration workers even as the fire raged. They had strict guidelines to follow that help to prevent fires while using electric tools. However, the dangerous mix of potentially negligent contract workers and ignored fire safety standards may have created a setting for this catastrophe. No one wanted to pay for the renovations, and it appears delays contributed to avoidable vulnerabilities.

What can California learn from this?

Fire hazards are everywhere, especially in the natural areas of California. While some fires can be blamed on lightning strikes, most are now caused by humans. Improperly maintained power lines and failure to address dry and overgrown vegetation are just two factors that can lead to uncontrollable fires.

If you suffered losses due to a fire that was caused by someone's negligence, learn about your legal options for recovery.

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