Wednesday, 17 April 2019
The tragic fire in the cathedral Notre-Dame in Paris this week has delivered what has been described as a “wake-up call” for major churches in Belgium, and their preparedness or lack of it should such a catastrophic fire occur. In Brussels, a renovation that took place in 2000 in the cathedral of SS Michael and Guluda saw the installation of water conduits in six upright columns within the building, which in the event of a fire would allow fire services immediate access to a water supply to tackle the blaze. That same year, a fire damaged the roof of the Beguinage church further downtown. According to a spokesperson for the Brussels fire brigade, the cathedral still contains a good deal of wooden construction, particularly in the roof.