Notre Dame Cathedral fire: The Rebel goes to Paris to investigate

Martina MarkotaRebel Contributor

(UPDATE —  Scroll down to watch all our reports.)

Notre Dame Cathedral went up in flames as a devastating blaze ripped through the Parisian landmark.

Now we're in Paris to ask the questions that no-one else will:

Who set the fire? Was it indeed an accident? 

Was this fire related to the 2016 terrorist plot against Notre Dame — one member of which was just sentenced recently? 

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Notre Dame Cathedral fire: Locals react with tears, despair and optimism

April 18, 2019: Parisians have been praying, singing hymns and weeping openly. Emotions are still running high, and they're telling me that the response to the fire has brought out the best in their fellow man.

Notre Dame Cathedral fire: Suspicion after hundreds of churches vandalized in France

April 17, 2019: Churches are being vandalized all over France, so when the news broke that the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris was burning, people started asking questions.

Notre Dame Cathedral fire: No workmen on site when blaze started

April 17, 2019: While the extent of the damage is yet to be fully assessed, the other lingering question regarding the fire at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris is how it started in the first place. Reportedly, there were no workmen on the site when the fire started, but the police are still treating the fire as an accident and not arson.

Notre Dame Cathedral fire: Buzzfeed claims right-wingers using it for “anti-Muslim narrative”

April 17, 2019: It felt like the world watched the images and videos of Notre Dame Cathedral as she burned, but not everyone who tuned in felt a sense of horror or loss. Buzzfeed is now claiming that right-wingers are spinning an “anti-Muslim narrative” around the fire.

Notre Dame Cathedral fire: What does the future hold for a Parisian landmark?

April 16, 2019: Last night, the Notre Dame Cathedral burned in Paris, threatening the future of this 856-year old landmark. Martina reviews some of that history.

Notre Dame Cathedral fire: In Paris, the morning after

April 16, 2019: Martina Markota and Jack Buckby arrived in Paris, to begin their reporting on the heartbreaking fire at Notre Dame Cathedral.

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commented 2019-04-18 03:20:02 -0400
How long until the French tell Martina to leave?
commented 2019-04-17 14:51:39 -0400
Muslims hate Easter. It goes way back to when they first took over a Christian town. Their god as no son. So no church bells or songs. Easter is when they burn churches, kill Christians and persecute to make sure Christians feel subjugated as dhimmis .
commented 2019-04-17 09:37:08 -0400
commented 2019-04-16 18:49:40 -0400
So what if it happened during renovations? Any building that’s more than 800 years old has been under renovations pretty much constantly for at least …. oh …. 800 years.
The real question is, what’s different about THIS particular renovation at THIS particular time?
commented 2019-04-16 18:11:06 -0400
commented 2019-04-16 17:53:27 -0400
LIZA ROSIE commented 3 hours ago
cover up?
When MSM are tripping over themselves concluding their own investigations before the fire trucks had the water shut off it makes you wonder just a tiny bit
commented 2019-04-16 17:49:50 -0400
TIMOTHY BOYLE commented 6 hours ago
“Thus, far there is nothing to suggest that it was deliberately caused, the result of a conspiracy or that Muslim extremists were behind it.”
Yep, nothing at all.
commented 2019-04-16 16:37:24 -0400
To clarify, this was TIMOTHY BOYLE’s comment “Thus, far there is nothing to suggest that it was deliberately caused…”

…and I was commenting on it, as in, there is also nothing to suggest that it WASN’T deliberately caused, and in light of the perps, burning and vandalizing in Europe and in France most aggressively of late, it is reasonable to be suspicious of it as an Islamic attack(in my opinion). Not to mention recent threats and its Easter week.

However I get your point Keith.
commented 2019-04-16 15:35:44 -0400
LIZA ROSIE commented 3 hours ago
“Thus, far there is nothing to suggest that it was deliberately caused…”….

Excellent comment Lisa. You hit the nail right on the head. I am just surprised that they did not blame the ‘Yellow Jackets’. Perhaps this will ignite another revolution, alas the French population is outnumbered by migrants, they live among the enemy.
commented 2019-04-16 14:24:02 -0400
cover up?
commented 2019-04-16 13:58:12 -0400
If a construction worker witnessed a lamp falling over which started the fire for example, that would be evidence to reach a conclusion that it was a construction accident. Otherwise, I don’t know how they can just reach a conclusion at this point without any investigation . This alone is suspicious.
commented 2019-04-16 13:10:32 -0400
Re Timothy Boyle’s comment: The only problem with what you say is that for over three months various churches throughout France have been the target for desecrations, robberies and vandalism. Also during the weekend of the 6-7 april 2019, a small group of women were arrested for planning an attack on Notre Dame.
commented 2019-04-16 12:45:18 -0400
It’s good to see this post. I would like to know someone is on the scene to report on this. I have no confidence in the main stream media, time and again the mainstream media only puts out one side. With an independent reporter, we can have some confidence in what is being reported. I contributed, I hope others will consider donating something as well.
commented 2019-04-16 12:37:20 -0400
“Thus, far there is nothing to suggest that it was deliberately caused…”

Don’t you dare suggest that Islam may have had anything to do with Notre Dame! Just because its Easter week, ISIS has threatened to stage an event and the fact that 10 churches have been burnt down in France alone, and in the 800’s in Europe in just the last year!

There has been no investigation so far, but it has been decided that there is no Islamic connection and that they know somehow that it was not arson. How do they know that, when they have not yet started any investigation? They have not looked at any evidence. So far it is all supposition, but I know what it points to as far as I am concerned.

This ’s’shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh don’t spread conspiracy theories’ is a tactic to scare, shame and silence any ‘wrong’ thoughts. We are being programmed to believe that there is never foul play when it comes to any Islamic group. Isn’t that getting harder to pull off with the mounting evidence globally regarding Islamist agenda? People make connections for a reason, often mounting long lists of reasons, based on past events and behavior. Who’s fault is it really that people make these connections?

Call me what ever you want I won’t stop asking questions or making connections.
commented 2019-04-16 11:34:51 -0400
The Rebel needs to proceed very cautiously here. Given that the building was under extensive renovation and further given that fires disproportionately breakout during construction and renovation phases the presumption should be that the cause of the fire is related to that. Thus, far there is nothing to suggest that it was deliberately caused, the result of a conspiracy or that Muslim extremists were behind it.
commented 2019-04-16 11:03:47 -0400
Jan G commented
The comments on that article are disturbing. Frightening to think of so many distorted views.”

It is expected, we are in End Times.
commented 2019-04-16 10:54:48 -0400
As a Catholic, I was directly affected by this tragedy. I’m hoping it wasn’t deliberate, because there are folks who will retaliate. I want peace, but then, that’s not what the prophets have told us to expect. Hold on tight.
commented 2019-04-16 08:58:36 -0400
Even if it were proven that this fire was started by an act of Islamic terrorism, the Yellow Jackets will be the ones who are blamed. The French PM is in bed with Islam, or at least it’s followers.
Watch out for other historic buildings to crumble….Westminster Abby, Lincoln Cathedral, Houses of Parliament, this last one may be a good thing, especially if PM May is in there.
commented 2019-04-16 06:58:32 -0400
Are there any suspcious circumstances surrounding the cause of this fire? Access would be easy with all that scaffolding. I remember a Youtube clip which pointed to the possibility of something like this happening. This French historical religious site is a good target for ISIS or Islamists and it would have a symbolism by extreme Islam of a victory for them against the Kufir.
commented 2019-04-16 03:23:41 -0400
France, like Germany, has been a basket case for two decades now to identify what it really stands for and whether that still includes any traditional beliefs or values… This tragedy, coming just five days before Easter Sunday, may hopefully cause more than one Frenchie to really sit back and reflect… One can only hope for an “Easter Miracle” again…
commented 2019-04-16 03:16:23 -0400
As an old “newspaperman” I find it “stinks” that the fire apparently started just minutes after the last “visitors” left… And I find it “doubly stinky” that the French “authorities” could already assure us that it was not due to “arson” by somebody… Oh really? That’s quite a sweeping “assurance” given that only the firefighters had been close to “ground zero” when that pronouncement was made… So, if NOT arson, then WHAT???
commented 2019-04-15 23:57:34 -0400
The comments on that article are disturbing. Frightening to think of so many distorted views.
commented 2019-04-15 22:56:34 -0400
When a Christian Church or monument is burnt trashed or the target of a murderous attack, its just something that happens but when it involves a Mosque or anything to do with Islam, its white Christian supremacist Islamophobia ??
Its not like people don’t notice the hypocrisy. Its a lying spin that cannot protect the liars any longer. Most of us are not stupid sheep, aren’t afraid of a bad name and won’t be submitting or be silenced any time soon.
commented 2019-04-15 22:17:25 -0400
“You’re begging for money to pay someone to “investigate” a conspiracy you’ve just now made up.”

LMAO @ Stephenson. The troll stinks of desperation.
commented 2019-04-15 21:20:15 -0400
Listen to the video I posted to hear of the precision in the building of the cathedral and how dimensions used, etc. related to Biblical times.
Very interesting.
commented 2019-04-15 21:07:19 -0400
The Muslims will burn every church in France and or turn them into Mosques. Enjoy your stupidity.
commented 2019-04-15 20:57:10 -0400
10 Churches attacked last week. Notre Dame in flames Easter week.
I don’t know if its true or not but I heard the main building will be saved. The tower(towers?) are gone.
commented 2019-04-15 20:55:27 -0400
Islam is torching churches all over Westen Europe …..the fake news MSM would never tell the real story…..the Orwellian MSM censors are in a full court press.