In the aftermath of the fire in the cathedral of Nantes, a rwandan national, volunteer of the diocese, which was heard in police custody has finally been released Sunday evening, without any continuation.
The investigation continues to determine the cause of the disaster, on Saturday morning, in the cathedral of Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul, where have been found three outbreaks of fire.
Man of 39 years had been heard by the police because he was “instructed to close the cathedral on Friday night,” and that investigators “wanted to clarify some elements of the employment at the time of this person,” said Sunday to the AFP Pierre Sennès, the chief prosecutor of the Republic of Nantes.
But finally, it was released in the evening “without any proceedings”, the prosecutor stated to the AFP, confirming information of the daily Press Ocean.
“He is not involved in the commission of the facts,” assured the attorney on a daily basis.
The volunteer, who intervenes during the masses as an altar boy, is “came to take refuge in France a few years ago”, explained to AFP the rector of the cathedral of Nantes, father Hubert Champagne.
“I’ve known him for four or five years. I have confidence in him as in all the employees”, he added.
The organist of the cathedral, Michel Bourcier, 56 years old, has also explained Sunday to the AFP to “appreciate much this man is extremely kind, courteous, attentive, and of an infinite kindness,” adding that “fell out of the clouds” at the news of his arrest.
The origin of the disaster remains a mystery: no trace of break-in at the level of the external access has not been recognized, and three points fire separate have been spotted within the cathedral.
Experts in fire, police laboratory of science and technology, are hard at work in the framework of the investigation opened for “arson”.
“I finished playing at 21h [15h in Quebec] Friday,” and “everything was perfectly normal, very quiet. I was far to imagine the drama that would occur the next day”, testified the organist.
Saturday, these are passers-by who alerted the fire department of the presence of flames coming out of the cathedral, around 7: 45 a.m. [1h30 in Quebec]. It took about two hours for firefighters to control the fire, which mainly affected the great organ of the gothic cathedral, whose construction has extended from the Fifteenth to the Nineteenth century.
The fire also ravaged a table of Hippolyte Flandrin.
A little over a year after the trauma of the fire of Notre-Dame de Paris, the prime minister, Jean Castex, accompanied on-site by the minister of the Interior Gérald Darmanin and that of the Culture Roselyne Bachelot, had made Saturday afternoon tribute to the “dedication and great professionalism” of the hundreds of firefighters mobilized.
Sunday afternoon, the courtyard of the cathedral was given back to the movement, has found an AFP journalist. The firefighters have left the place with the investigators in the cathedral, whose facade is slightly darkened above the porch.