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Why is Notre Dame in Paris on fire? the answer from gmtlight...
2019-04-28 14:57:35     wang@gmtlight.com

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.


On April 15, local time, a fire broke out in Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France, causing its wooden frame to be basically destroyed and the spire to collapse. It's a pity that the fire has seriously damaged this 800-year-old building.

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.

Why is Notre Dame in Paris on fire? the answer from gmtlight...

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.

Why is Notre Dame in Paris on fire? the answer from gmtlight...

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. 

Why is Notre Dame in Paris on fire? the answer from gmtlight...

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.

Why is Notre Dame in Paris on fire? the answer from gmtlight...

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.

Why is Notre Dame in Paris on fire? the answer from gmtlight...

In order to let the ancient buildings out of the shadow of fire, increase the investment of funds for daily maintenance so that they do not get out of repair, improve their own fire protection system construction is one aspect, but also for the ancient building fire prevention must formulate more stringent rules. In reality, for the need of commercial development, many ancient buildings have been electrified, and some have installed high-power lighting equipment, which may bury hidden dangers. In addition to the prevention of electrical fire, it is also necessary to give detailed plans for the structure fire prevention, material control, facilities fire prevention and management, as well as the repair and construction procedures of ancient buildings, so as to create a three-dimensional safety net. For maintenance and construction, we should not only strictly examine the qualifications of the builders, but also fully consider whether they have the experience of maintenance and construction of ancient buildings, and comprehensively supervise and control their construction process to ensure overall safety. For those ancient buildings that are over-developed and have potential fire hazards, we should thoroughly investigate, publish the list, and do not open up operations until the completion of the rectification.

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.

Why is Notre Dame in Paris on fire? the answer from gmtlight...

Ancient architecture belongs to the treasure of all mankind. Its opening and operation should serve the public, not be excessively commercialized. Such openness and operation must be based on the premise of full security. Notre Dame Cathedral Fire in Paris warns us that the flames are ruthless. We should cherish our cultural heritage and put an end to any lucky mentality. We should make the best efforts, the best technology and management to ensure that nothing is lost. Only in this way can we be regarded as conscientious, worthy of history and future generations.

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