Paris prosecutor Remy Heitz said workers were not immediately able to find the rampaging fire after an alarm sounded at 6.20pm yesterday.
It was only until a second alert sounded at 6.43pm that the catastrophic blaze was discovered on the Gothic roof.
As the flames were finally extinguished after eight hours of destruction, prosecutors in Paris began a criminal investigation into the cause of the raging inferno.
Mr Heitz said the fire at the 850-year-old cathedral was likely to have been the result of an accident and there was no sign it was started deliberately.
“We are favouring the theory of an accident,” he said, adding 50 people were working on a “long” and “complex” probe into what caused the blaze."
Considering the fire at Notre Dame started on April 15th, which happens to be the 107th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, Jim Carey's 23 rant at the top of this post seems even more eerie than when he first said it.A Hell of a Coincidence?