Officials: ‘Badly stubbed-out cigarette’ or electrical fault sparked Notre Dame fire

A badly stubbed-out cigarette or an electrical fault could have started the devastating fire that ripped through Notre Dame cathedral in April, Paris prosecutors say, ruling out any criminal intent.

French investigators are examining many hypotheses “including a malfunctioning of the electrical system or a fire which started with a badly stubbed-out cigarette,” says a statement, indicating there was no evidence to back up any theory of “a criminal origin” to the fire.


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