Why is Notre Dame in Paris on fire? the answer from gmtlight...In order to get ancient buildings out of the shadow of fire, besides ensuring that their daily investment is not in disrepair, more stringent rules should be formulated to effectively restrain the behavior of being obsessed with commercial development and ignoring their safety.
This incident has once again pushed the issue of fire prevention of ancient buildings to the center of public opinion, and once again sounded the alarm bell for the protection of all ancient buildings.
In fact, the world's ancient buildings have been unable to shake off the shadow of fire. On September 2, 2018, Brazil's National Museum, the richest collection in Latin America, was also hit by a fire. The entire three-storey building of the museum was basically destroyed. The fire engulfed 90% of the museum's treasures. President Temel of Brazil called the loss "immeasurable". The fire was initially found to be caused by the long-term shortage of funds and expenditure of the museum, which resulted in the long-term disrepair of the building and the lack of fire protection system in the museum. Earlier in the same year, on June 15, a fire broke out at the Glasgow Academy of Art in Scotland, engulfing the historic Macintosh Building.
Ancient architecture is the witness of history and the crystallization of civilization. Its cultural and artistic values are irreplaceable. As the famous architect Liang Sicheng said, "Ancient architecture is absolutely precious, and the more the future, the more able to appreciate its value." Ancient buildings that have gone through the storms and witnessed the years are also fragile. The fires of the Brazilian Museum and the Macintosh Building are the disaster of human civilization, as are the fires of Notre Dame in Paris.
A new disaster of civilization once again proves that the protection of ancient buildings can not be neglected. With a little carelessness, these "treasures of mankind" will be destroyed once.
Although the fire took place in Notre Dame in Paris, it also has a very strong practical significance for our country. We have not suffered such a loss in the protection of ancient buildings. In 2003, Wudang Mountain, a world cultural heritage site, was hit by a fire at the main palace of the Zhenpalace. It was because the local people unauthorized to invite investment and rent it out, which led to a "fire". In 2014, the fire in Dukezong ancient city of Shangri-la County, Yunnan Province, was also caused by local ignorance of safety risks in order to develop tourism economy.
As far as China is concerned, ancient buildings are facing fire prevention dilemma. In addition to the risk of repair and construction, there are also reasons for the ancient buildings themselves. The ancient buildings in China are mainly pure wood, brick and civil structures. In addition to a large number of flammable wood materials, the surface paint of many ancient buildings is also flammable. Due to insufficient investment, many ancient buildings have not been equipped with modern fire protection system. Moreover, these buildings are either located in remote mountainous areas or in old urban areas with narrow roads. In the event of accidents, rescue is often difficult.