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ARSON: Historic cathedral in Nantes, France is BURNING, the latest in a series of attacks in Christian churches (VIDEO)

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Clear arson attack – three seats of fire. A prosecutor told reporters at the scene that three fires had been started at the scene.

The 400 year organ has reportedly been destroyed. The 17th Century organ had survived the French Revolution, the Reign of Terror, German bombing during WWII, and a previous fire in 1972…..

Video of the Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul in Nantes, France engulfed in flames, this morning.

Firefighters on the scene have reportedly contained it from further damage.

France 24: French authorities open criminal investigation into Nantes cathedral fire

Firefighters working to put out the fire at the Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul cathedral in Nantes, western France, July 18, 2020.

French authorities opened a criminal investigation into a major fire that broke out in the cathedral in the western French city of Nantes on Saturday. The blaze blew out stained glass windows and destroyed the grand organ in the 15th-century building.

Prosecutor Pierre Sennes told reporters three fires had been started at the site and authorities were treating the incident as a criminal act. He gave no other details.

Dozens of firefighters brought the fire under control after several hours. Smoke was still coming out of the Gothic structure after massive flames earlier engulfed the inside.

The Nantes blaze comes just over a year after a major fire at the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, which destroyed its roof and main spire.

Local fire chief Laurent Ferlay told reporters 104 firefighters were still at the site to ensure the blaze was completely under control

Nantes: Arson suspected in fire at Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul cathedral

he blaze destroyed stained glass windows and the grand organ

A fire at the cathedral in the French city of Nantes is believed to have been started deliberately, prosecutors say.

Three fires were started at the site and an investigation into suspected arson is under way, Prosecutor Pierre Sennes said.

The blaze destroyed stained glass windows and the grand organ at the Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul cathedral, which dates from the 15th Century.

It comes a year after the devastating fire at Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris.

But the local fire chief said the fire in Nantes had been contained and was “not a Notre-Dame scenario”.

“The damage is concentrated on the organ, which appears to be completely destroyed. The platform it is situated on is very unstable and risks collapsing,” Laurent Ferlay told reporters.

The cathedral roof had not been touched by the blaze, he said.

President Emmanuel Macron has reacted, tweeting: “After Notre-Dame, the St Peter and St. Paul Cathedral is in flames. Support to the firemen who are taking all the risks to save the Gothic jewel.”

The French fire service tweeted footage of the blaze.

The fire began in the early morning, with massive flames visible from outside the building. More than 100 firefighters brought it under control after several hours.

Mr Sennes said the national police would be involved in the investigation and a fire expert was travelling to Nantes

“When we arrive at a place where a fire has taken place, when you see three separate fire outbreaks, it’s a question of common sense, you open an investigation,” he said.

Newsagent Jean-Yves Burban said he heard a bang at about 07:30 local time (05:30 GMT) and saw flames when he went out to see what was happening.

“I am shook up because I’ve been here eight years and I see the cathedral every morning and evening. It’s our cathedral and I’ve got tears in my eyes,” he told Reuters.

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