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I refuse to call this thing a robot because: 1) it’s pretty cool, and 2) I still hate robots.

Colossus is a firefighting tool, and it helped save the day at Notre Dame.

But Jean-Claude Gallet, the commander, had a backup plan: Colossus, a 1,100-pound tank-like robot with the ability to venture into danger zones where conditions would quickly kill a person.

Using a motorised water cannon capable of firing more than 660 gallons per minute, Colossus took aim at the stone walls of the ancient cathedral and began spraying.

In an interview with The Times, Mr Gallet credited the fire-fighting robot with lowering temperatures inside the glass-filled nave and saving the lives of its human counterparts as an even greater disaster loomed.

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It’s more of a mechanical fire dog than a mechanical hound.