Part of Notre-Dame Cathedral Spire Collapses in Fire
The spectacle of flames leaping from the cathedral's wooden roof - its spire glowing red then turning into a virtual cinder - stunned thousands of onlookers who gathered along the banks of the Seine and packed into the plaza of the nearby Hotel de Ville, gasping and covering their mouths in horror and wiping away tears.
Notre-Dame cathedral, the iconic symbol of the
beauty and history of Paris, was scarred by an extensive fire on Monday evening
that collapsed part of its delicate spire, bruised the Parisian skies with
smoke and further disheartened a city already back on its heels after weeks of