Catastrophic Notre Dame fire sparks concerns

Virginia

Keepers of historical buildings across the nation are reassuring visitors that they are safe after the catastrophe in Paris sparked concerns.

Construction manager with the Diocese of Arlington said the diocese works hard and makes many investments to make sure their buildings are up to par. Notre Dame was under construction when it broke out in flames, and Battalion Chief, Dave Sellers, says that in combination with outdated construction created a challenge. 

“Fire prevention at historic locations can be a real challenge because of construction techniques. Our modern buildings are built to accommodate fire protection standards. The older structures have a lot less ability to accommodate say piping for sprinkler systems,” Chief, Dave Sellers with the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department said. 

The Diocese of Arlington is home to an estimated population of more than 6,000 Catholics living in 21 counties and seven cities in central and Northern Virginia. 

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