French police experts start Notre Dame checks following fire

French police scientists and other expert investigators are starting to examine Notre Dame Cathedral for the first time since last week’s devastating fire.

A police official said teams from three different police agencies are entering the monument to take samples and search for clues as to what caused the fire.

Firefighters assess the damage to Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris (Victoria Jones/PA)

Police made a preliminary visit last week but were not able to conduct a thorough examination until the cathedral’s structure was secured.

Officials believe the fire was possibly caused by a short circuit linked to renovation work under way before the fire.

The Paris prosecutor’s office says all potential leads are being pursued.

The cathedral will remain closed to the public for years after the fire destroyed its roof and knocked over its spire.

- Press Association

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