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The fire inside the cathedral in Nantes was started deliberately.

A fire broke out early on July 18, 2020, inside the Nantes cathedral in France, but whether it was deliberately started is currently unknown.

A fire broke out early on July 18, 2020, inside the Nantes cathedral in France, but whether it was deliberately started is currently unknown.The fire began in the early morning, with extensive flames visible from outside of the building. About 100 firefighters stopped the fire from destroying the cathedral's primary structure and brought it under control after several hours. The light that destroyed a 17th-century organ and shattered a stained glass window at the Nantes Cathedral started in three distinct places. The incident comes over a year after a blaze nearly destroyed Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris.

Pierres Sennès, a public prosecutor, said it is believed that the fire to have been arson. Three fires were ignited at the site, and an investigation is now underway. It is said that the detained Rwandan refugee was to lock up the building the day before the fire broke. He was released of all suspicion after being questioned by police. Police stated that the fire's cause was not yet known, and there was no evidence of a break-in at any of the cathedral's six doors, and detectives are trying to establish if the fire was accidental or arson.

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