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Notre Dame smoke detectors failed to go off when fire started

Notre Dame has now been stabilised by architects and construction workers (Picture: EPA/ Getty)

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By Sunday Herald Team , in World Update , at April 20, 2019

Notre Dame fire sensors may not have been working

Notre Dame has now been stabilised by architects and construction workers (Picture: EPA/ Getty)

Police investigating the Notre Dame fire are looking into why smoke detectors failed to go off, reports say.

The cathedral, which is currently undergoing construction work, went up in flames on Monday April 15.

French company Le Bras Frères, who are one of five firms working on Notre Dame, said alarms on the scaffolding surrounding the buildings spire did not sound.

Marc Eskenazi, head of communications at the company, told French newspaper The Connexion that detectors only went off inside the cathedral itself.

He added that the company were working alongside police with their inquiry.

epa07508879 Flames on the roof of the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, France, 15 April 2019. A fire started in the late afternoon in one of the most visited monuments of the French capital. EPA/IAN LANGSDON

Smoke detectors on the scaffolding failed to alarm (Picture: EPA)

In this image made available on Tuesday April 16, 2019 flames and smoke rise from the blaze at Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, Monday, April 15, 2019. An inferno that raged through Notre Dame Cathedral for more than 12 hours destroyed its spire and its roof but spared its twin medieval bell towers, and a frantic rescue effort saved the monument's "most precious treasures," including the Crown of Thorns purportedly worn by Jesus, officials said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Cedric Herpson)

Police have reviewed photos and videos taken on the day (Picture: AP)

TOPSHOT - A picture taken on April 16, 2019 shows an interior view of the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris in the aftermath of a fire that devastated the cathedral. - The Paris fire service announced that the last remnants of the blaze were extinguished on April 16, 15 hours after the fire broke out. Thousands of Parisians and tourists watched in horror from nearby streets on April 15 as flames engulfed the building and rescuers tried to save as much as they could of the cathedral's treasures built up over centuries. (Photo by - / AFP)-/AFP/Getty Images

Alarms may have sounded inside the building itself (Picture: AFP)

Investigators have now been able to establish that the fire likely started at the centre of the cathedrals roof, towards the base of the iconic spiral, CNN reported.

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Officers are said to have reviewed numerous amateur videos and photos captured by those who first saw the smoke rising from the Paris landmark.

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The network also reported that security guards told police they only noticed the flames for the firs time when they were already three metres high at 6.43pm.

This could have been due to a smoke alarm failure, they said.

Firefighters were able to leave Notre Dame last night after architects and construction workers finished stabilising its damaged structure.

Flames and smoke rise from Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, Monday, April 15, 2019. An inferno that raged through the historic site for more than 12 hours destroyed its spire and its roof but spared its twin medieval bell towers, and a frantic rescue effort saved the monument's "most precious treasures," including the Crown of Thorns purportedly worn by Jesus, officials said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

Firefighters have now left the cathedral (Picture: AP)

Flames and smoke are seen billowing from the roof at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris on April 15, 2019. - A fire broke out at the landmark Notre-Dame Cathedral in central Paris, potentially involving renovation works being carried out at the site, the fire service said.Images posted on social media showed flames and huge clouds of smoke billowing above the roof of the gothic cathedral, the most visited historic monument in Europe. (Photo by Patri</br><a href=https://metro.co.uk/2019/04/20/notre-dame-smoke-detectors-failed-go-off-fire-started-9276168/><strong>Read More – Source</strong></a></p>
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