a reply to: chris_stibrany
As anyone who has set fires knows
wouldn't know, as i'm not a professional arsonist !
This has been a week now
the timeline indicates that
The smell of smoke was at first called in at 6.20
Early evening Mass was underway,
but the Cathedral wasn't evacuated
as no real, or mortal danger was ascertained
At this point a Church Warden probably went to investigate
(Hence the vids and photos of 'some Dude' on the roof)
At 6.40, a second call was made
the fire crew arrived 10 mins later
(6.50, or there abouts)
By the time of their initial assesments
-more help, clear the area, creation of a security zone -
the water couldn't have been deployed before at least 6.10/.20
As you say, the beams and joists are in wood
ancient wood : old, dessicated wood, good for tinder
It would take very little to set them ablaze
Given the tools being used
at the very least
these kinds of things :
They would'nt need to be left 'on'
Just still plugged in...
Old buildings (i work in one)
without a circuit breaker
only need a very small overcharge
to either provoke a blackout
or at worse, a very localised fire
(quick, find an extinguisher !)
Maybe it's all down to a trainee
"Compagnon de devoir'
who didn't unplug his tool
Which seems a likely turnout
neither terrorist nor religious
TheJesuit will be along soon
to catagorically affirm that
the worker was called 'Jamel'
or some other such nonsense