May 14, 2019
Last month, Notre Dame spontaneously set itself on fire for no reason whatsoever, prompting Islamophobic racists to blame innocent MOSLEMS for it because apparently people can’t wrap their heads around the fact that churches and cathedrals are known to randomly self-immolate — especially in France.
Now the Daily Mail obtained some new images of the devastation.
The fire that tore through Notre Dame one month ago and nearly took down the famed cathedral in the heart of Paris is still under investigation, but recovery efforts are well underway.
Those efforts will be on display Monday night when World News Tonight goes inside the church, where David Muir was able to gain access as the first American anchor to report from the site of the blaze.
Images of the devastation obtained by DailyMail.com show Muir and the man hired to oversee the resurrection of the church, General Jean-Louis Georgelin, making their way through the charred remains.
The men survey the sea of destroyed pews, the collapsed altar and feel rain pour in from what would have been the ceiling, but there are also some incredible stories of survival.
These include the golden cross, a statue of the Virgin Mother and the church’s organ, which were all spared by the fire
See more on Monday when Muir’s report airs on Good Morning America and World News Tonight.
It’s kind of surprising they’re not wearing gloves or something in those pictures, given how the fire left everything coated in lead.
French officials are warning people near Notre Dame Cathedral that lead contamination is high in the closed-off plazas and streets surrounding it.
The reason? Building practices reaching back thousands of years. The medieval structure and its later additions — including the famous spire — contained lead, which fell to the ground during the fire that broke out on April 15.
“Lead was used in roofing since antiquity,” said Richard Wittman, a historian of architecture at the University of California, Santa Barbara. “It was really common in medieval buildings.” [In Photos: Gazing into a Medieval Church]
Lead made for an appealing building material for a few reasons, Wittman told Live Science. First, it is malleable. That made it useful for domes or spires, which have complex shapes, Wittman said. Second, lead is durable. It doesn’t rust in the elements, making it a popular roofing material.
“If a lead roof is built correctly, which requires a lot of know-how, it lasts basically forever,” Wittman said.
“Forever” until some MOSLEMS burn it to the ground.
Notre Dame’s now-destroyed roof was made of virgin oak cut into timbers in 1160, overlaid with large, thin panels of lead. Media reports on the fire estimate the weight of that lead at 210 tons (182 metric tons). The spire, also made of wood and lead, dated back to a 20-year restoration project started in 1844 and led by architects Eugène Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc and Jean-Baptiste Lassus. Media reports put the weight of the 300-foot (91.4 meter) spire they designed at 750 tons (680 metric tons).
According to the Associated Press, much of that lead is now contaminating the Notre Dame site. Lead levels in the plaza and in areas closest to the cathedral were between 10 and 20 grams per kilogram, according to the AP — up to 65 times the recommended limit of 0.3 g per kg. Lead can accumulate in body tissues and cause damage to the nervous system.
It’s not just the burning of Notre Dame but also the possible nasty side effects of it.
Wikipedia on lead poisoning:
Lead poisoning is a type of metal poisoning caused by lead in the body. The brain is the most sensitive. Symptoms may include abdominal pain, constipation, headaches, irritability, memory problems, inability to have children, and tingling in the hands and feet. It causes almost 10% of intellectual disability of otherwise unknown cause and can result in behavioral problems. Some of the effects are permanent. In severe cases anemia, seizures, coma, or death may occur.
But hey, it was an accident and I know this even though no investigation about the fire has been completed yet because authorities told me so. The conspiracy videos showing a person lighting a fire in the roof are just that: conspiracies. The fact that Notre Dame was barely guarded and climbing it was easy is also irrelevant.
What happened was just the planet saying “stop globally warming me you bigots” and giving us an opportunity to rebuild a symbol of white supremacy such as Notre Dame in a way that reflects our new and upgraded values — like not having children and flooding our countries with browns and blacks.
Always look at the bright side.