Notre Dame Cathedral fire being investigated as accident for now, prosecutors say

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PARIS (Fox News) – Investigators are treating the fire that engulfed Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral as an accident for now, the local prosecutor’s office said Monday evening.

Paris police will investigate the disaster as “involuntary destruction caused by fire” and have ruled out arson and potential terror-related motives for starting the blaze, officials said.

The prosecutors’ statement came moments after a government official and the Paris fire chief said they were optimistic that the cathedral’s world-famous bell towers had been saved from the fire, and that the main structure of the building remained intact.

It was a rare piece of good news on a night that left thousands in the streets of the French capital and millions around the world looking on in shock as one of the world’s great religious, cultural and historic landmarks was consumed by flames.

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