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By Kristine Christlieb, Church Militant, April 15, 2020

Historic fire, Wuhan virus share common themes

PARIS ( – At 6:18 p.m., a Notre-Dame Cathedral security guard with three days on the job, was forced to respond to a fire alert. He was on his second 8-hour shift because his replacement was absent. He misunderstood the system’s message about the location of the fire and went to the wrong building. Then he called his boss who didn’t pick up.

Aftermath of the fire (Reuters)

At 6:48 p.m., precisely 30 minutes after the original “Feu” alert, the fire department was called. When the first truck arrived, photos of the blaze had already lit up all the major social media platforms around the globe, and a large crowd had gathered, stunned by the smoke and fire shooting up into a clear, evening sky.

That was one year ago.

In the that-was-then-this-is-now march of time, Le Monde’s headline on Wednesday was about the Wuhan virus. France’s most well-known newspaper also included a lower level story noting the one-year anniversary of the Notre-Dame fire.  …


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