Arson suspected in Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul fire in Nantes

French officials have launched an arson inquiry after a fire broke out in the famed Gothic Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul of the western French city of Nantes. It has been reported that three separate fires were started.

The blaze destroyed the organ, shattered stained glass windows and sent black smoke spewing from between the cathedral towers.

Residents and tourists watched aghast, and emergency workers cordoned off the area around the monument, in the historical center of this city on the Loire River.

A City Hall official said the fire broke out Saturday morning inside the cathedral, and the cause is unclear. The official is not authorised to be publicly named. No injuries had been reported.

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