14 votes Notre-Dame came far closer to collapsing than people knew. This is how it was saved. Posted July 17, 2019 by unknown user Tags: france.paris, notre dame, structural disasters, cathedrals, cultural heritage, author.elian peltier, author.james glanz, author.mika grondahl, author.weiyi cai, author.adam nossiter, author.liz alderman, long read, paywall.soft https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/07/16/world/europe/notre-dame.html Link information This data is scraped automatically and may be incorrect. Authors Elian Peltier Published Jul 16 2019 Word count 3383 words 1 comment Collapse replies Expand all Comments sorted by most votes newest first order posted relevance OK bbvnvlt July 17, 2019 Link Followed, luckily, by a tale of extremely competent and brave firefighters. Go check for fire, the guard was told. He did and found nothing. It took nearly 30 minutes before they realized their mistake: The guard had gone to the wrong building. The fire was in the attic of the cathedral, the famed latticework of ancient timbers known as “the forest.” The fire warning system at Notre-Dame took dozens of experts six years to put together, and in the end involved thousands of pages of diagrams, maps, spreadsheets and contracts, according to archival documents found in a suburban Paris library by The Times. The result was a system so arcane that when it was called upon to do the one thing that mattered — warn “fire!” and say where — it produced instead a nearly indecipherable message. Followed, luckily, by a tale of extremely competent and brave firefighters. 6 votes
Followed, luckily, by a tale of extremely competent and brave firefighters.