As the roof of the Cathedral in Notre-Dame in Paris was burning, literally before the fire brigade could get any kind of control, it was noticed that media personalities would not allow any speculation on the cause other than a workplace accident, may be caused by a spark as the cathedral was under renovation at the time of the fire.
It was very clear that the narrative, true or not, was being set with a firmness that allowed no dissent.
There’s just one problem with that. None of the talking heads doing the quashing are architects or have ever done restoration work on gothic churches built in the middle ages.
They also, apparently, don’t know much about firewood.
One man who does know something about both, Benjamin Mounton, the architect who oversaw the rewiring of Notre-Dame in the 1990s appeared on French television and outright disputed the claims.
“So, you’re telling us that this type of timber doesn’t burn like that?” Mouton was asked by an LCI host.
“Oak that is 800-years-old is very hard – try to burn it,” Mouton said. “Old oak, it is not easy at all. You would need a lot of kindling to succeed… It stupefies me.”
Asked to present an explanation for how the blaze spread so quickly and with such strength, Mouton asserted that there were no additional precautions that could have been taken to ensure such a “quick” incineration could be prevented.
“In the Nineties, we updated all the electrical wiring of Notre Dame,” Mouton said. “So there is no possibility of a short circuit. We updated to conform with the contemporary norms, even going very far – all the detection and protection systems against fire in the cathedral.”
Mouton also revealed that there are two watchmen on duty around the clock who monitor for any chance of fire, adding that the technical and security measures taken to protect monuments like Notre Dame are unprecedented.
Add to that testimony from the workers that the main electrical conduits were turned off at the time the fire broke out, and the official narrative is really starting to sound like wishful thinking.
BREAKING: Architect of restorations for Notre Dame Speaks Out!
Media: "So your're telling us that this type of timber doesn't burn like that?"
Notre Dame Architect: "NO, You know, oak that is 800 years old doesn't burn like that….You would need a lot of kindling to succeed." pic.twitter.com/NBF86wOxDF
— Amy Mek (@AmyMek) April 17, 2019