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Flames and smoke are seen billowing from the roof at Notre-Dame Cathedral on April 15, 2019 in Paris, France.

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When I saw pictures of the attic at Notre Dame, it struck me just how many similar tinder-dry timber-framed attics of churches, warehouses-turned-apartments, theaters and hotels I’ve been in over the past five decades.

Watching Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France, burn was gut wrenching. All indications are the fire was connected to the ongoing renovations. Imagine you were on the crew that had been working that day. When I saw pictures of the attic at Notre Dame (

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