An Inside Look at the Fire That Nearly Destroyed the Notre Dame Cathedral

Join us on Monday, March 2 at 7:00 PM when we will host Glenn Corbett, fire specialist, presenting “An Inside Look at the Fire That Nearly Destroyed the Notre Dame Cathedral.”

The disastrous nature of the fire that nearly destroyed this venerable Gothic Cathedral in May of 2019 can be attributed to a variety of factors:

  • A forest of heavy timbers supporting the roof structure hundreds of feet above the floor.
  • Renovation work that complicated the firefighting efforts and may have been the source of the fire.
  • A delayed alarm due to poor response protocols, and a lack of fixed fire suppression systems.

In this lecture, Glenn Corbett will describe the initiation and spread of the fire as well as the superhuman efforts to stop it before it destroyed the entire complex. He will highlight the lessons of this fire that apply to other historic and sacred buildings that we cherish.

Glenn Corbett, PE, is the former assistant chief of the Waldwick (NJ) Fire Department, an associate professor of fire science at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City, and a technical editor for Fire Engineering. He served on the Federal Advisory Committee of the National Construction Safety Team and is a member of the Fire Code Advisory Council for New Jersey. He is the coauthor of the late Francis L. Brannigan’s Building Construction for the Fire Service, 5th Edition, editor of Fire Engineering’s Handbook for Firefighter I and II, and an FDIC executive advisory board member.

In the event of snow, the program will take place on Saturday March 7 at 2 p.m.

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