Not one to keep quiet at news of a tragedy Katie Hopkins attempted to put blame on arsonists for the Notre Dame fire.
The outspoken broadcaster took to social media to share a now-deleted tweet from Fox News contributor Christopher J Hale, that claimed he had heard a rumour that the fire had been 'intentionally set'.
But Twitter users vicariously mocked her for sharing the third-hand piece of gossip, especially as authorities investigating the blaze had already ruled out arson or any possible terror-related motives.
Katie also shared an article referring to a spate of reports that Catholic churches had been vandalised across France, appearing to link the two.
It read: "A Jesuit friend in Paris who works in #NotreDame told me cathedral staff said the fire was intentionally set."
He later added a second tweet before deleting them both: "I should note he has zero evidence beyond what the staff said. So qualify this in an unsubstantiated rumor."
Twitter users responded in their droves to her tweets: "To be read as 'A friend of my neighbour has a cousin who once ate French fries so is clearly French and he said it was intentionally lit.'"
"My cousins dog’s friend said it was the yellow vests. Inspired by you and to teach Macron a lesson. He heard it from a French Poodle. Must be true, right?" another mocked.
One asked: "Have you considered why he deleted this tweet?"
"A friend of a friend's best mate,friend,Friend,mates mom's,dads;Uncles,Best mates,Best mates,Aunties sister,Friend,Friend,Nans Alexa told you that fire on purpose," said a fourth.
Another fumed: "Here you go again Ms Hopkins……desperately creating controversy and conspiracy. Pathetic. Meanwhile most of us want to just mourn this beautiful building."
More than 400 firefighters battled through the night to save the main structure of the Notre Dame, iconic towers, main works of art and organ, finally bringing the inferno under control after nine hours.
They spent another three hours hosing down pockets of fire and hotspots that were still smouldering as heartbroken Parisians and tourists gathered at sunrise to survey the damage.
After the blaze broke out on Monday evening, flames ate through the roof and sent the spire crashing to the ground as teams raced to recover treasures from the 850-year-old Gothic masterpiece, which housed priceless artefacts and significant religious relics.
Remarkably, only three people – two police officers and one firefighter – were injured as the fire engulfed the massive structure, and they were only "slightly" hurt.
Earlier, the fire brigade said it could take several days for crews to completely extinguish the remaining pockets of fire and secure the fragile structure.
However, it was announced on Tuesday morning that the blaze on Ile de la Cite, in the River Seine, had been fully extinguished as Parisians and tourists gathered across from the island.
The Paris prosecutors' office said police will carry out an investigation into "involuntary destruction caused by fire", indicating authorities are treating the blaze as a tragic accident for now.
Arson, including possible terror-related motives, was earlier ruled out.
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