It was readily apparent Monday night that the Cathedral roof and attic along with the crossing spire were entirely consumed in the fire and also, the stone vaulting that is the ceiling of the Cathedral and something like the floor of the attic above the Cathedral vaulting had, predictably, saved the Cathedral interior from serious, irrepairable damage. It is entirely possible at this point to project the cost of repairs and rebuilding. It appears all the stained glass and the 4 manual Cavaille Coll organ survived.
The possibility that the fire was the result of arson cannot be dismissed. Barely an hour after the flames began to rise above Notre Dame — at a time when no explanation could be provided by anyone — the French authorities rushed to say that the fire was an “accident” and that “arson has been ruled out.” The remarks sounded like all the official statements made by the French government after attacks in France during the last decade.
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In 1905, the French parliament passed a law decreeing that all the properties of the Catholic Church in France were confiscated. Churches and cathedrals became the property of the State. Since then, successive governments have spent little money to maintain them. Those churches that have not been vandalized are in poor condition, and most cathedrals are in poor condition, too. Even before the devastating fire, the Archdiocese of Paris stated that “it can’t afford all the repairs” that Notre Dame needed, “estimated at $185 million.”
The firefighters were entirely aware of what to expect as there is repeated historical precedence that indicates a 12 th or 13th century Gothic edifice with stone vaulting will survive the burning and destruction of its roof. The vaulting was penetrated in at least two places, causing much debris to fall into the interior building but if there was any fire that entered as a result it was evidently quickly extinguished using the least amount of water required to minimize damage.