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Firefighters battling to save Notre Dame cathedral from last night's deadly fire had a strict set of priorities dictated by an 18th century protocol, it has been claimed.
The nearly 900-year-old cathedral lost its iconic steeple and much of its roof in the inferno on Monday, but there were no human casualties and treasures including the altar, golden crucifix and priceless rose stained-glass windows miraculously remained intact.
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But a theory has emerged that this was not a mere coincidence - and that the hundreds of firefighters who battled the blaze had followed a strict protocol dating back hundreds of years.
The theory has been widely shared and liked thousands of times on Twitter after being aired under an account carrying the name 'Michael'.
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He claimed the some 400 Parisian firefighters, who battled for around eight hours to secure the blaze, were in fact following a 230-year-old protocol.
'Michael' claimed that there is a strict order of priority which the fire department in Paris followed, which is so ordered because 'they know what can be rebuilt and what can't.'
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'Save the people, save the art, save the altar, save what furniture you can, then focus on the structure, in that order,' he wrote in a Twitter post which has been shared and liked nearly 30,000 times.
The theory suggests said that this protocol has been in place since the last disaster to befall the famous cathedral, when it was ransacked during the French Revolution in the 1790s.
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During that time, Notre Dame's treasures were looted, her bells melted down to make cannon balls and 28 statues of biblical figures decapitated by the so-called 'sans-culottes', who mistook them for French kings.
The vandalised structure was then rededicated as a temple to the anti-religion and state-sanctioned Cult of Reason, with a new shrine to 'Liberty'...
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