Rector Says Notre Dame Cathedral So Fragile It Has Only 50% Chance of Being Saved After Devastating Fire

Notre Dame on fire in April, Wiki
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Notre Dame, the 855-year old iconic symbol of Christianity, is so fragile following the fire last April that destroyed its roof and collapsed its spire, that there is only a 50% chance it can be saved because without a roof to keep it stable, as the vulnerable vaults are crucial to keeping it standing. Monsignor Patrick Chauvet said he is already suffering “heartache” because April’s blaze meant the cathedral was unable to hold Christmas services for the first time in more than 200 years.

French President Emmanuel Macron has said he wants the cathedral rebuilt “even more beautifully” by 2024, when Paris hosts the Olympics. Parishioners want it restored as it was before, to its former glory.

Msgr. Patrick Chauvet said he is already suffering “heartache” because April’s blaze meant the 12th-century cathedral was unable to hold Christmas services for the first time in more than 200 years.

But he said he is bracing for even more potential distress after the church’s support scaffolding is removed — likely in 2021 — and officials learn whether the structure’s surviving vaults are strong enough to keep the Gothic monument standing.

“Today it is not out of danger,” Chauvet said the beloved landmark, speaking on Christmas Eve before midnight Mass in a nearby church.

“Today we can say that there is maybe a 50 percent chance that it will be saved. There is also a 50 percent chance of scaffolding falling onto the three [surviving] vaults,” he said. “So as you can see, the building is still very fragile.”

The 855-year-old landmark was under renovation when fire ravaged it in April, destroying its roof and collapsing its spire. Without a roof to keep it stable, the vulnerable vaults are crucial to keeping it standing.

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