Police volunteer interviewed about hearth in Nantes Catholic Cathedral

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A volunteer interviewed by the French police about the fire in Nantes Cathedral was released without charge.

The 39-year-old Rwandan refugee was arrested in the Gothic cathedral after the fire on July 18, which the police suspect was caused by arson.

According to the Nantes prosecutor, he was released on Sunday evening.

The BBC reported that the man, who was not named, was responsible for closing the cathedral the day before the fire. He was arrested on Saturday and questioned by the police to resolve alleged inconsistencies in his schedule.

The Nantes prosecutor, Pierre Sennes, told Reuters: “He is not involved. The inconsistencies that have occurred have been resolved. "

Le Figaro quoted Jean-Charles Nowak, a clerk at the cathedral, as saying that the volunteer was "a man of duty" who "suffered a lot in Rwanda".

"I don't think for a second that he could have set fire to the cathedral. It's a place he loves," Nowak told the French newspaper.

On Saturday morning, firefighters were called into the 15th century Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul cathedral to fight a fire that destroyed a historic organ and stained glass windows.

The incident occurred 15 months after a fire ravaged Notre-Dame de Paris and destroyed the cathedral's tower and roof beams.

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