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'Violent blaze' at 15th-century Nantes Cathedral; French officials launch criminal investigation into suspected arson


The 400-year-old grand organ in the Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul of Nantes was completely destroyed

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Three separate fires erupted in the Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul of Nantes, located in northwestern France. French authorities have launched a criminal investigation into the blaze at the 15th-century cathedral in Nantes, the sixth-largest city in France.

The fire began early Saturday morning, and flames were visible from outside the cathedral. It took more than 100 firefighters several hours to control the blaze at the Gothic structure.

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