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Investigators believe an 'electrical short circuit' was responsible for starting the blaze which devastated Notre Dame cathedral this week.
A French judicial police official said investigators brought in to work out the cause of the inferno made the claims - despite them not having been given access to the church yet for safety reasons.
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The official, who spoke anonymously about the ongoing investigation, said the monument is still being consolidated with wooden planks to support some fragile parts of the walls.
Only after it is fully made safe will investigators will be allowed a closer look in order to accurately determine the cause of the fire.
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Earlier on Thursday, police released time lapse footage from a camera installed just hours before Monday's devastating blaze which was believed to contain vital clues as to what caused the inferno.
The camera was installed around 2pm by French scaffolding company Europe Echafaudage and was set to take photographs every 10 minutes. The fire broke out around 6.40pm.
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Marc Eskenazi, a representative for Echafaudage, confirmed that smoke can be seen on some of the images and appears to start on the south side of the building.
The camera will not reveal the exact cause of the fire and where it started, Eskenazi said, but will point investigators in the direction of vital clues.
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The camera is now in the hands of investigators.
Europe Echafaudage was one of five companies contracted to restore the cathedral's landmark spire, which was timber-framed and towered 295 feet (90 metres), shaping the skyline along the Seine river.
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The fire consumed Notre-Dame's roof, whose oak beams dated back to the thirteenth century, and sent its spire crashing through the cathedral's vaulted ceiling.
The damage to one of France's best loved monuments prompted an outpouring of national sorrow and a public desire for quick answers...
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