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Fire damages 19th century church in Lille – RT en français

The Saint-Pierre-Saint-Paul church was engulfed in flames for nearly three hours. The fire was brought under control, but doubts remain as to the condition of the roof.

On May 3, a fire broke out shortly before 8 p.m. in the sacristy of the Saint-Pierre-Saint-Paul church, located in the Wazemmes district of Lille. The flames spread to part of the roof of this imposing 19th century brick building. More than 60 firefighters fought for nearly three hours to save the building. No injuries are currently to be deplored.

As reported The voice of the North, the prefect and the mayor of the city, the former socialist minister Martine Aubry, are concerned about a hot spot which remains under the roof of the church. Martine Aubry spoke about the situation in these terms: “There, we really have a concern about the frame. It is a church in the heart of the city, and which has the most faithful in Lille. It is particularly popular. Significant work was done there in 2020. “

The city council also thanked the firefighters of the North, who fought “to prevent the spread of flames in this cultural and historical heritage, whose frame has been recently renovated”.

Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin, originally from the North, supported the firefighters and expressed “thoughts of solidarity for Lille and Catholics”.

The deputy of the North and regional adviser RN Sébastien Chenu, for his part, transmitted his thoughts “to Catholics bruised by this fire”. “It is time to conduct a serious investigation into this series of church fires,” he said.

The president of the Patriots Florian Philippot, originally from the Lille region, was surprised by the fact that “churches and cathedrals have been burning a lot in France for a few years”. “No investigation to seriously dig into the subject ?!” He was indignant.

On April 18, the church in the village of Romilly-la-Puthenaye, in Eure, was devastated by a violent fire – probably of accidental origin – which caused the fall of its roof and its bell tower. Nine months earlier, on July 18, 2020, an arson had damaged the Cathedral of Saint-Pierre and Saint-Paul in Nantes. A tragedy that occurred after the gigantic fire of Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral on April 15, 2019.

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