the first lessons of the fire


In view of the fire risk, Nantes cathedral was well supervised. This is the speech that the prefect of Loire-Atlantique, Claude d’Harcourt, held during a press conference organized on Wednesday, in Nantes. The building was ” regularly maintained, did he declare, the electrical installations had just been checked ”. The prefect also specified the chronology of the facts: the report of the fire by a local resident at 7.43 am and the arrival of the first firefighters four minutes later; the fire was extinguished at 10:27 a.m., thanks to 211 people and 84 machines.

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That the fire was reported by residents can only surprise. Fact, ” the cathedral did not have a fire safety system (SSI) in the nave », Specifies to The cross Pierre Charron, head of the heritage department at Drac Pays de la Loire. Considered as ” normal »By the Drac, the level of safety was ensured in the upper parts by the concrete frame, the volume of which is intersected by walls in the same material acting as fire walls, and by a fire safety system (SSI ) installed in the crypt for the lower parts.

« It had not been decided to place a security device on the ground floor. It had been estimated that, if a fire did occur, the flames would have been seen before the doubt was lifted. [moment où une personne se déplace pour identifier si l’alarme a signalé un départ de feu] », Explains the manager. The recent fire invites ” go further “, He recognizes, in particular by the use of thermal surveillance cameras.

“Safety becomes a question”

« After Nantes and Notre-Dame, fire safety is becoming a question. We will have to secure better “, Also estimates Pascal Prunet, chief architect of historical monuments (ACMH) in charge of the cathedral of Nantes and associated with the site of Notre-Dame de Paris. This also seems to be the will of the Minister of Culture, Roselyne Bachelot. “ The urgency will be to ensure that all electrical installations are checked and that the cathedrals are all equipped with fire and smoke detection systems, that the evacuation plans of the works are implemented and perfectly coherent. ”, She declared Tuesday, during the session of questions to the government in the National Assembly. But the minister has not announced any new budget …

In Nantes, the Drac wishes to partially reopen the building to the public before the restoration of the monument is completed. “ We hear the immense expectations of the people of Nantes and the faithful ”, assures Pierre Charron. Before any opening, even very limited, the building must be cleaned and the electrical system put back into service. Therefore the cathedral should remain closed ” several months ».


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