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I have had a long career in construction, renovation, and modernization of old buildings.  That career carried me through the Corps of Engineers, the Naval Facilities Engineering Command, and the VA.  None of my projects were as historic as Notre Dame, none so old, none so revered.  But all of them incorporated extensive measures of fire prevention.  Continuous daily inspections, constant attention to trash accumulations, and any possibility of fire starting in a structure with it’s integral fire protection systems down, were a HUGE worry for me.  Not a joke or bureaucratic BS.  It was my custom to walk the job after hours to be certain the site was safe and secure.  My responsibility, one I took very seriously.

‘Hot Work’ required special permits, planning and scheduling.  Fire Watches were established, equipment and personnel deployed, sensors and alarms jury rigged.  Smoke detectors and temperature rise devices put in place.  Combustibles removed as a regular part of housekeeping on the work site.
Sometimes the seven ‘P’s hindered the work, but by and large, we succeeded.

So, forgive me if I doubt the official story . . . that this was an ‘accidental’ fire.  Notre Dame was no neighborhood Kwik-Lube convenience store.Given the historic, cultural, architectural, age and moral importance of  the Cathedral . . . nobody took care to be sure of its safety and security? There was no ‘Me’?  An utterly irreplaceable icon and they allowed workers to run amok?  Trash and combustibles to accumulate?  No Paris Fire Department liaison?  As Lame Duck as I am, as lazy, incompetent civil servant as you’d find, we never lost a building or a ship.  So ‘scuse me!

Further, I DO NOT ACCEPT this crap about this being God’s Judgement.  Time to remember GOD HAS ENEMIES!



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