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Update: Short-circuit 'Likely Caused' Notre Dame Fire

Notre Dame's rector says he will close the burned-out Paris cathedral for up to six years.¬†Bishop Patrick Chauvet said Notre Dame's rector says he will close the burned-out Paris cathedral for up to six years.¬†Bishop Patrick Chauvet said "a segment of the cathedral has been very weakened" by the devastating fire. |  Photo: ABC News

Updated: April 18, 2019 01:05 PM

PARIS (AP) - A French judicial police official said investigators think an electrical short-circuit most likely caused Notre Dame Cathedral fire.
    
The official, who spoke anonymously about the ongoing investigation, said investigators still don't have the green light to work in the cathedral and search in the rubble for safety reasons.
    
He told The Associated Press the monument is still being consolidated with wooden planks to support some fragilize parts of the walls.
    
The rector of Notre Dame Cathedral has proposed building a small, temporary church on the plaza outside the monument so that the faithful has a place of worship while the 12th-century structure ravaged by fire is closed for restoration.
    
Bishop Patrick Chauvet offered the idea of creating an "ephemeral" cathedral so people can pray and life can return to normal in the neighborhood.
    
The Paris City Hall gave its approval to the idea Thursday "subject to technical restraints."
    
A crypt containing vestiges dating from antiquity is located under the vast esplanade. There is also an underground parking lot.
    
President Emmanuel Macron has said he wants to see the cathedral fully restored in five years. Chauvet told neighborhood business owners on Wednesday he expected Notre Dame to remain closed "five to six years."
       
Read and watch all AP coverage of the Notre Dame fire at https://apnews.com/NotreDameCathedral

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