MailOnline can reveal to the building manager whose company Notre Dame was renovating before the fire broke out about his company's ability to protect historic sites.
Julien Le Bras stated last year: & # 39; Our first thought is to protect the values of historic buildings, it's in our DNA. & # 39;
His company, Le Bras Freres, a small company known as the & # 39; Cathedral Restorers & # 39 ;, had won the £ 5million contract to repair the peak of the Paris landmark.
Today, professionals from the company were questioned by researchers after the spire crashed into the gruesome sea of fire on Monday night.
Julien Le Bras (photo), whose company was renovating the spire of Notre Dame, stated last year that & # 39; our first thought is to protect the values of historic buildings & # 39;
Researchers believe that the devastating fire started in the roof cavity below the spire where the work, including the use of power tools, was performed.
The eruption started around 6.50 p.m., but allegedly workers had brought down tools between 5 p.m. and 5.30 p.m.
Mr. Le Bras told reporters on the spot: & # 39; More than anyone else, we want light to be shot on the origins of this drama. & # 39;
He said his company involved 12 employees in the renovation, although none were present at the time of the fire.
He emphasized that & # 39; all security measures were respected & # 39; and that & # 39; employees participate in the survey without hesitation & # 39 ;.
Several officials have suggested that the fire may have been related to the renovation work. The Paris prosecutor, Remy Heitz, said the investigation was at an early stage.
The 32-year-old client previously had his & # 39; technical ability and competence & # 39; and & # 39; proud & # 39; announced in the restoration of historic buildings.
In an online movie film, Mr. Le Bras said: & We are proud of our work on historic buildings. We have the technical competence and the competence for his work.
Julien Le Bras (pictured with his partner Charlotte Sartelet) today claimed that this company & # 39; more than anyone else wants the light on the origin & # 39; of the fire in Notre Dame
Parisian firefighters extinguish the flames of the burning Notre Dame cathedral – one of the landmarks of the city – when night falls on Monday
& # 39; Our first thought is to protect the values of historic buildings, it's in our DNA. & # 39;
In the video posted on Le Bras Freres' Facebook page on New Year's Eve 2018, the CEO says his company is proud to have been chosen to work on buildings throughout France, including the & # 39; Congress Palace & # 39; in Metz and Notre Dame in Paris.
Filmed to the staff at the end of the year, Le Bras said: & # 39; We are all set to start working in 2019 and we are very motivated. The team is ready and we have the know-how. & # 39;
And when he gained contact with Notre Dame, he said: & # 39; The goal is to preserve as many old items as possible and not endanger the building. & # 39;
Le Bras said he would ensure that the famous spire of Notre Dame – known in French as la fleche – would not be damaged during the renovation.
He said: & # 39; The spire is 105 m high and there is no doubt that we will put pressure on it with the scaffolding. & # 39;
The renovation of Notre Dame costs an estimated total of £ 130 million (€ 150 million, in an audit by the French Ministry of Culture in 2014). Restoring the famous La Fleche peak to its former beauty cost an estimated £ 5 million (€ 6 million) alone.
The moment the steeple of Notre Dame began to collapse while distraught Parisians watched the catastrophe, she uttered a collective cry of disbelief when she saw it fall on Monday evening
A diagram that shows which parts of the cathedral have been damaged or destroyed by the fire and are still intact
Louis Bras, founded in 1954, the grandfather of the current CEO, Le Bras Freres, which is based in Jarny, Lorraine, in eastern France and employs 200 people, is familiar with the renovation of some of the most historic buildings from France.
The company won the contract to restore Notre Dame after successfully renovating nine other historic sites, including cathedrals in Reims, Poitiers, Verdun, Strasbourg, Amiens and the Pantheon in Paris.
The restoration works on Notre Dame, which began in July 2018, were to be carried out in various phases over 20 years.
The series of repairs and restorations focused on the 100-meter-high spire and the 12 apostles who crown him, who were said to have a large number of cracks and gorges.
Experts discovered that the outdated masonry of all air arches caused problems for the stability of the entire building and that many pinnacles and gargoyles were in decline or had fallen.
Wreck: The first pictures in the cathedral on Tuesday morning seem to leave at least one of the rosy stained glass windows intact (left), but there is dirt on the floor. Shown on the right: the window before the fire
The catastrophic fire in the Notre Dame of Paris (shown this morning) has left a country that mourns the destruction of its cultural and historical & # 39; epicenter & # 39; this morning when French President Emmanuel Macron promised to rebuild the cherished monument
The shed frame of the stained glass windows was also weakened.
Electric tools were used in the roof, but the fire caused the iconic spire to collapse. It consisted of 250 tons of lead and was 15 meters high.
After winning the contract, Le Bras said: & # 39; Nobody touched it [Notre Dame] it has been a great honor to do the work for 150 years.
& # 39; We do not expect our work to last ten years, but we strive to make it work for another 150 years! & # 39; he joked.
The CEO explained to the staff that the tender for the restoration was split into three: the scaffolding, the frame and the cover.
And he was ecstatic when the & # 39; small company from Jarny, in the east of France, won against large international groups! & # 39;
He added: & # 39; This will be our tenth cathedral. This family business has worked on another high-profile buildings in Paris, the Pantheon. & # 39;
The company is proud of the fact that it is proud to hire French employees and has refused to & # 39; low-cost & # 39; hire staff from abroad.
Le Bras recently invested € 5 million in new machines and workspace at its headquarters in Jarny, in the Meurthe-et-Moselle department, in the Lorraine region of eastern France.
All three of the Notre Windows Rose Windows SURVIVING blaze, says the Archbishop of Paris, as first daylight pictures show inferno aftermath and criminal probe focuses on renovation experts
The three medieval stained glass windows of Notre Dame all survived the devastating fire of last night, said the Archbishop of Paris, while investigators are investigating the renovation work that may have led to the eruption.
The first photos of daylight inside the wreck of Paris Paris today showed the destroyed roof, the 850 year old church exposed to the elements and the floor covered with charred debris.
But the three & # 39; irreplaceable & # 39; rose windows dating back to the 13th century that were feared to have melted or exploded last night are all still considered intact.
The attention is now accustomed to what Notre Dame, part of which was restored in a € 150 million renovation, could potentially make victims of such a disaster.
Detectives investigating the catastrophic outburst today interview specialist restorers of the Julien Le Bras company.
The Paris public prosecutor investigates & # 39; involuntary destruction caused by fire & # 39; indicating that authorities treat the fire as a tragic accident and not arson or terrorism.
& # 39; Nothing indicates that it was a voluntary act & # 39 ;, Remy Heitz told reporters outside the gothic cathedral, adding that the workers working at the site were questioned during the Monday fire.
The wooden roof at Notre Dame (left) was completely burnt away – as experts said it could not be replaced as it was built in the Middle Ages – while charred debris covered the floor (right) but the bell towers remained intact
Firefighters work on the facade of Notre Dame Cathedral on Tuesday after the fire that destroyed the roof and the spire
One of the upper windows seemed to have burned out even though a statue survived on the top (left), because rescue workers were being hoisted (right) today to the top of the cathedral during their investigation of Monday's devastating fire