April 16, 2019 / 10:19 AM / 3 months ago

Paris prosecutor - accident seen as likely cause of Notre Dame fire

Firefighters work at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, France April 16, 2019. A massive fire consumed the cathedral on Monday, gutting its roof and stunning France and the world. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

PARIS (Reuters) - The fire at the Notre Dame Cathedral was likely to have been the result of an accident and there was no sign it was caused on purpose, Paris public prosecutor Remy Heitz said on Tuesday.

“We are favouring the theory of an accident,” Heitz told reporters, adding that fifty people were working on a “long” and “complex” probe into what caused Monday’s fire.

Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta; Editing by Leigh Thomas

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