Lou Dobbs: Ruling out arson as cause of Notre Dame fire seems like 'a political decision'

Fox Business host Lou Dobbs said Tuesday that ruling out arson as a cause for the devastating fire at the Notre Dame Cathedral seems like a “political decision.”

Officials in Paris quickly ruled out arson as a cause of the blaze on Monday, saying the fire was likely an accident, and possibly tied to ongoing renovation on the building's roof. 

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“That was a decision made within hours. It sounds like a different kind of decision. Perhaps a political decision rather than one based on careful investigation of the facts,” Dobbs said on his show.

The fire is still being investigated.

Dobbs pointed to a statistic that hundreds of Catholic churches in France were vandalized last year alone, saying the figures provided “context" to the fire at Notre Dame.

"This is not speculation," Dobbs said. “This is the situation right now in France, and the recent history of what has happened to Catholic churches throughout the nation, ignored too often by some covering the tragedy, some who have ruled out speculation about the cause of the Notre Dame fire."

The Hill has reached out to Fox Business Network for comment.

Conspiracy theories about the cause of the Monday blaze quickly took off on social media. YouTube also initially linked livestreams of the fire to information about the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Fox News host Shepard Smith on Monday abruptly cut off an interview with a guest who called the fire "a French 9/11" and speculated that the blaze was not an accident. 

The fire was eventually controlled Monday evening after ravaging the centuries-old Catholic cathedral for hours. The cathedral’s spire along with significant portions of the roof collapsed, although much of the interior of the structure remained intact and several key artifacts were preserved.