Nantes Cathedral fire

This item appears on page 5 of the September 2020 issue.

In western France, a fire burned parts of Nantes Cathedral, or the Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul of Nantes, on July 18, destroying its organ and the large, 17th-century stained-glass window on its façade. Firefighters put out the fire before any structural damage was done.

A volunteer warden of the cathedral admitted to starting the fire after being questioned by police. No motive was reported as of press time.

The fire occurred a little more than a year after a fire almost completely destroyed Notre Dame, in Paris. That fire was started by accident during construction.