Much of the interior of the cathedral, particularly the bell tower, is full of wood. A lot of it intricate carved and centuries old.I would not have expected it to be very flammable - perhaps just the roof?
According to the Paris Fire Brigade, Brigade de sapeurs-pompiers de Paris, an ongoing renovation project, involving many tons of lead, may have contributed to the incendiation.Lead was used extensively in constructing cathedrals due in part to its low melting point.
La cathédrale de Notre-Dame ne s'effondrera pas à cause de cette calamité; ses volant-arcs-boutants la soutiendront pour tous nos jours.I passed it countless times when I lived in Paris. Seeing it burn is unbearable.
Yeah, I guess I had forgotten how much woodwork was in the interior/base. But at the same time, my understanding is that the roof is not structural and it looks to me like the ceiling is entirely masonary. So I wonder if it is possible for the roof to burn and fall off without touching the interior?.....though the spire collapsing into it doesn't help, and if it did collapse the ceiling arches it could be structurally catastrophic.Much of the interior of the cathedral, particularly the bell tower, is full of wood. A lot of it intricate carved and centuries old.
Support?The Cathedral of Notre Dame will not collapse due to this calamity; its flying-arch-buttresses will support it for all our days.