United Kingdom parliament could suffer same fate as Notre Dame, warn MPs

Flames and smoke rise from Notre Dame cathedral as it burns in Paris Monday

Flames and smoke rise from Notre Dame cathedral as it burns in Paris Monday

According to French media reports, the blaze may have been ignited during restoration work.

The Labour MP Chris Bryant, who chairs the finance committee overseeing parliament's restoration project, said: "Watching Paris tonight reminds me of the responsibility our generation has for the Palace of Westminster, especially Westminster Hall, which dates from the 11th century".

US President Donald Trump said: "So disgusting to watch the massive fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris".

The original Palace of Westminster was mostly destroyed in a huge blaze in 1834. "Parts of the Palace are as old as Notre Dame and we must make sure that every fire precaution is taken as the major work goes ahead".

'Last year, we completed a major programme of works to enhance fire safety measures in the Palace of Westminster, and while this work continues we stand ready to learn any lessons that emerge from the fire at Notre Dame to ensure we do everything possible to protect our people and buildings on the Parliamentary Estate'.

She said: "On my induction my "buddy" was an engineer".

Although architect Charles Barry put fire safety at the centre of his designs for the new Palace by using cast iron and stone, the opulent interiors he created with Augustus Welby Pugin used vast quantities of combustible materials.

A "restoration and renewal" programme isn't expected to start until the mid-2020s.

Today's stark warnings come less than two weeks after the Commons were flooded by a leak through its roof, spilling gallons of water into the press gallery.

The nightmare scenario is that fire is ignited by water coming into contact with high-voltage electrical systems, which then rages through the warren of basement rooms, shafts and floor voids created to aid ventilation.

Writing in the Bucks Free Press, the Aylesbury MP said: "Several times in the previous year, chunks of masonry have fallen off buildings".

"We've been very lucky no one has been seriously injured". "Worse, the electrical, plumbing, heating and sewerage systems are well beyond their expected working life span and in a dilapidated state".

The state of the building is very poor in Westminster and a fire risk is obviously huge with a building that has so much wood within it.

Every hour of every day, teams of fire safety officers patrol the Palace of Westminster on alert for the first signs of problems that could develop into a devastating blaze.

World leaders also shared their sadness at the demise of the cathedral.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May also supported the Parisians.

Theresa May, UK Prime Minister, added: "My thoughts are with the people of France tonight and with the emergency services who are fighting the awful blaze at Notre-Dame cathedral".

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