Officials in Paris have said that the devastating fire at Notre Dame this week was cause by an accident from the roofing renovation that was underway.
Early on, some wondered if it was another one of the many church fires being set in the Paris area.
There have also been church fires set in the United States, some of which happened in Louisiana.
Some are wondering if this week’s Notre Dame fire could have been the inspiration to prompt a man to want to burn down St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City.
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Fortunately, the man was caught before he could set the flames ablaze.
Fox News – Man caught with 2 gas cans entering St. Patrick’s Cathedral in NYC, police say – A man was taken into custody in New York Wednesday night after entering St. Patrick’s Cathedral carrying two canisters of gasoline, two bottles of lighter fluid and two butane lighters, authorities said.
The 37-year-old man, whose identity will be released once he is formally charged, was stopped by a cathedral security officer, New York City Police said. As the man was turned around, he spilled some gasoline on the floor and walked south onto Fifth Avenue and over to 50th street.
Cathedral security notified two Critical Response Command (CRC) officers– part of a “striker team”– outside the cathedral.
Investigators said the man was cooperative but acted evasively and offered police inconsistent answers. He told officers that he was “cutting through the cathedral to get to Madison Avenue” and that “his car ran out of gas,” police said. But when police checked the man’s minivan, it’s gas tank wasn’t empty…
At this time, police do not know if the attempted arson of St. Patrick’s Cathedral was an act of terrorism, a hate crime or just some crazed whacko inspired by the fire at Notre Dame.
With the steady decay of the American culture and rise of worldwide terrorism and hate crimes, we are bound to see more fires at churches and other government or historic buildings here in the US and abroad.
It will continue to escalate until Jesus Christ returns.
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