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Firefighters honored for saving Notre Dame

International | Their decision to focus on the two bell towers avoided a ‘chain collapse’
by Mindy Belz
Posted 4/19/19, 12:59 pm

FRANCE: The country paid tribute Thursday to the 600 firefighters who helped save Notre Dame from collapse. Firefighters and experts on the scene made a decision that likely saved the structure: As fire spread on the roof, they gave up fighting it there to focus on saving the cathedral’s two iconic bell towers.

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Investigators probe cause of Notre Dame fire

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 4/19/19, 11:58 am

Investigators suspect an electrical short-circuit likely caused Monday’s fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Officials concluded an initial assessment of the cathedral on Wednesday but cannot search the interior due to safety hazards. The Paris prosecutor’s office said investigators had questioned about 40 people by Thursday, including cathedral staff and renovation workers. The team is considering whether the fire is linked to a computer glitch or the temporary elevators used in renovation work, Le Parisien newspaper reported.

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Church collapse kills worshippers in South Africa

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 4/19/19, 11:43 am

At least 13 people died and several others sustained injuries after part of a South African church collapsed Thursday night. The front wall of the Pentecostal Holiness Church in the southeastern province of KwaZulu-Natal gave way at the beginning of a Holy Week service. Local media reported 29 people were taken to the hospital, six with serious injuries.

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