Richmond Times-Dispatch

Crucial preliminar­ywork completed at NotreDame

- — Fromwire reports

PARIS— Restorers at Paris’ fire-damaged Notre Dame cathedral have completed key preliminar­y work by removing all the rickety roof scaffoldin­g, officials said Tuesday.

The removal of the 200 tons of scaffoldin­g was considered dangerous, with some experts fearing that it could cause more of the Gothic monument to fall down. It was thought that the scaffoldin­g might have been bonded to the cathedral in the blaze, and be keeping it in place.

When the Notre Dame fire broke out on April 15 last year destroying the spire, the cathedral was already under restoratio­n.

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