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The construction firm says workers smoked in Paris Notre-Dame

PARIS (Reuters) – A construction company that has been working on Notre-Dame's roof said some of its workers had smoked on the site but excluded that a cigarette shock might have started the fire that destroyed the cathedral's framed roof last week. A view shows the Notre-Dame Cathedral, a week after a massive fire destroyed much of the Gothic structure of Paris, France, April 23, 2019. REUTERS / Gonzalo Fuentes A spokesman for the family-owned Le Bras Freres, confirmed a report in the French week Le Canard Enchaine, told Reuters that some workers in Europe's Echafaudage scaffolding had informed the police that they "sometimes" were smoked on the stands despite a smoking ban on the site. "We condemn it. But the fire began inside the building … so for the company Le Bras, this is not a hypothesis, it was not a cigarette shock that struck Notre-Dame de Paris on fire," said Marc Eskenazi, chairman of Le Bras Frères Canard Enchaine reported that the police had found the remains of seven cigarette shots in the burned-out cathedral. "This is not wrong," said one source close to the investigation, who declined any other comment. Eskenazi said that it was impossible to put a log on fire with a cigarette butcher and questioned how cigarette shocks could have been found on the site. "" If cigarette shots have survived inferno, I do not know what material they were made of, "he said. Europe Echaffaudage also excludes the possibility that the fire may…

PARIS (Reuters) – A construction company that has been working on Notre-Dame’s roof said some of its workers had smoked on the site but excluded that a cigarette shock might have started the fire that destroyed the cathedral’s framed roof last week.

A view shows the Notre-Dame Cathedral, a week after a massive fire destroyed much of the Gothic structure of Paris, France, April 23, 2019. REUTERS / Gonzalo Fuentes

A spokesman for the family-owned Le Bras Freres, confirmed a report in the French week Le Canard Enchaine, told Reuters that some workers in Europe’s Echafaudage scaffolding had informed the police that they “sometimes” were smoked on the stands despite a smoking ban on the site.

“We condemn it. But the fire began inside the building … so for the company Le Bras, this is not a hypothesis, it was not a cigarette shock that struck Notre-Dame de Paris on fire,” said Marc Eskenazi, chairman of Le Bras Frères

Canard Enchaine reported that the police had found the remains of seven cigarette shots in the burned-out cathedral.

“This is not wrong,” said one source close to the investigation, who declined any other comment.

Eskenazi said that it was impossible to put a log on fire with a cigarette butcher and questioned how cigarette shocks could have been found on the site. “” If cigarette shots have survived inferno, I do not know what material they were made of, “he said.

Europe Echaffaudage also excludes the possibility that the fire may have begun by an electric accident at one of the two elevators on the site.

“The elevator’s electricity was perfect within specifications and well maintained,” he said.

He added that d The two lifts were on the outside of the building, located 45 and 65 meters from the spire base, where the first smoke and the flames had been exposed and that the workers had cut power to the lifts in 1750 when they had left the place for the day.

Canard Enchaine also reported that electrical wiring ran through the roof of the cathedral, but the church administration denied that safety standards had not been respected.

“Nothing has ever been done without state by the state … There were no wires dangling, everything was properly installed,” said Andre Finot, spokesman for Notre-Dame.

In 2012, electric motors had been installed to let the bells in the lead.

The finot said that when a first smoke alarm rang, security personnel had made checks but had not noticed anything unusual.

“I don’t know if they might have checked the wrong place,” he said. He added that when a second warning rang shortly, they saw flames at the bottom of the fire.

The Paris Prosecutor’s Office said that it does not rule out any hypothesis about the origin of fire and that investigators are considering all possibilities.

President Emmanuel Macron has promised that Notre-Dame will be rebuilt within five years.

The cathedral was built for almost 200 years from the middle of the 13th century, but germination on the roof was added during the restoration of the 19th century.

Reporting Julie Carriat and Emmanuel Jarry; Writing by Geert De Clercq; Editing by Angus MacSwan

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