Short-circuit 'likely caused' Notre Dame fire
PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris and its aftermath (all times local):
A French judicial police official said investigators think an electrical short-circuit most likely caused Notre Dame Cathedral fire.
The official, who spoke anonymously about the ongoing investigation, said investigators still don't have the green light to work in the cathedral and search in the rubble for safety reasons.
He told The Associated Press the monument is still being consolidated with wooden planks to support some fragilize parts of the walls.
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An association of Polish rabbis says that they are "broken hearted" over the damage inflicted by fire on Notre Dame Cathedral.
In a letter sent on Thursday to Polish bishops, they said "We as Jews know what it means to see your house of worship burning. We still fast every year on the anniversary of the burning of the Temple in Jerusalem 2,000 years ago. We, here in Poland, also remember the burning and destructions of our synagogues during WWII."
The rabbis went on to say that "these experiences have made us very sensitive and aware of the pain and horror of the destruction of any house of worship."
Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki, the head of the Polish Roman Catholic episcopate, thanked Michael Schudrich, Chief Rabbi of Poland, to thank him for the letter and the support.
The rector of Notre Dame Cathedral has proposed building a small, temporary church on the plaza outside the monument so that the faithful has a place of worship while the 12th-century structure ravaged by fire is closed for restoration.
Bishop Patrick Chauvet offered the idea of creating an "ephemeral" cathedral so people can pray and life can return to normal in the neighborhood.
The Paris City Hall gave its approval to the idea Thursday "subject to technical restraints."
A crypt containing vestiges dating from antiquity is located under the vast esplanade. There is also an underground parking lot.
President Emmanuel Macron has said he wants to see the cathedral fully restored in five years. Chauvet told neighborhood business owners on Wednesday he expected Notre Dame to remain closed "five to six years."
The proceeds from a new classical music album will be donated to the heritage foundation in France to help support the restoration of Notre Dame Cathedral.
The album, entitled simply "Notre-Dame," a collection of sacred music, is being released by Universal Music France on digital platforms Friday.
Many tracks were recorded at the cathedral and they include artists Cecilia Bartoli, Jessye Norman, Roberto Alagna, Christopher Hogwood and Herbert von Karajan.
Two of Notre Dame's most recent organists Pierre Cochereau and Olivier Latry also feature.
The cathedral's famous 8000-pipe organ survived the blaze, which destroyed most of the roof and caused the spire's collapse.
Universal Music France President Olivier Nusse said: "We had to help the cathedral once again stand as a symbol of French culture across the world."
French President Emmanuel Macron has thanked hundreds of firefighters who helped save Notre Dame Cathedral.
During a ceremony at the Elysee presidential palace in the presence of those who intervened on Monday's fire, Macron praised their courage and exemplarity ability to make the right decisions under time pressure.
"We've seen before our eyes (your) responsibility, courage, solidarity and a meticulous organization", Macron said. "The worst has been avoided."