One firefighter was injured, among some who battled the flames for hours before finally extinguishing them. Firefighters continued working through the night to cool the building and secure the monument and announced on Tuesday morning the fire had been extinguished. The blaze started at 6. The scaffolding at the top of the church and the wooden frame of the building was said to be completely ablaze by a cathedral spokesperson.
Teams of firefighters from across the city were called in to try and put out the fire after it spread quickly through the cathedral on Monday evening. Nearby buildings were evacuated as fears mounted that the structure could collapse. As the spire fell, the sky lit orange, acrid smoke rose in plumes and flames shot out the roof behind the nave.
Hundreds of people lined bridges around the island that houses the church, one of the most visited tourist attractions in the world. Paris fire chief Jean-Claude Gallet said the structure had been saved after firefighters managed to stop the fire spreading to the northern belfry. Gallet said 'two-thirds of the roofing has been ravaged. As the cathedral burned, Parisians gathered spontaneously to pray and sing hymns outside the church of Saint-Julien-Les-Pauvres across the river from Notre Dame while the flames lit the sky behind them. Paris Archbishop Michel Aupetit invited priests across France to ring church bells in a call for prayers.
Parisians and toursits look on in disbelief as the flames engulf the historic cathedral, which is visited by millions every year. Firefighters look on at the fire fire at the landmark Notre Dame Cathedral in central Paris as they cross a bridge over the river Seine. Experts say firefighters were left with devastatingly few options to save a structure that's more than years old, built with heavy timber construction and soaring open spaces, and lacking sophisticated fire-protection systems.
Built in the 12th and 13th centuries, Notre Dame is the most famous of the Gothic cathedrals of the Middle Ages. Situated on the Ile de la Cite, an island in the Seine river, its architecture is famous for, among other things, its many gargoyles and its iconic flying buttresses. Some 13 million people visit it every year.
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He had to be to have gotten away with his twenty-seven murders to date. Today he was hoping to add number twenty-eight to the tally. The young man sitting alone at the table in the service station diner looked a promising candidate. Howard estimated him to be in his late teens, or at most, his early twenties.
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He doubted if the young man had enough money for another coffee, having watched him nurse the one he had for over an hour. He had a knack for spotting the most vulnerable and trusting ones. Howard asked, having strolled over to the young man. Oh right. Yeah, thanks, mister. I was dreading having to start walking in this weather to wherever the next truck-stop is.
With the rain at full pelt, Howard was driving slower than he usually would. The young man continued to sip at his soda. An hour into the journey, the young man looked like he was nodding off. Howard pulled into a layby, confident the sedative had done its job. Howard had long since discovered strangers were more ready to accept food and drink from a stranger in their car if it was in a sealed container or wrapper like a soda can or candy bar.
The screw cap soda cans were of his own design, practically indistinguishable from the real thing, and the candy bars had each been injected with a liberal dose of etorphine, a powerful animal tranquiliser. Administering it via a soda or candy bar reduced the speed with which it took effect, but it was a safer alternative to risking the recipient putting up a fight if Howard failed to inject the drug at the first attempt. With his intended victim seemingly fast asleep, Howard got out of his car to retrieve certain items from the trunk: a length of rope chord, some industrial strength duct-tape, and a surgical scalpel.
As expected, the young man still appeared completely out of it — Etorphine was a thousand times more potent than even morphine. With that in mind, Howard felt quite confident it was safe to proceed. He intended to strip his victim naked, and then use the rope and duct-tape to fully restrain and gag him. What followed was most definitely not part of the plan that had succeeded on 27 previous occasions ….
After all, what were the odds of a highway-driving serial killer picking up his opposite number among the waifs and strays of the hitch-hikers?
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On Fb — tom. Currently only available on Amazon Kindle —. Those intent on causing more bloodshed have yet to meet each other. Will they form an alliance, or handle their issues as individuals? Phil and Annabel have handed over the running of BTL Enterprises, but will they be called out of early retirement? Why would a flag be flying from a castle ruin on a Scottish island? The author also loosely connects this book with the wider world in which both the BLT series and his other thrillers take place thus ensuring that while this individual series might be coming to an end, at least some of the characters themselves have the opportunity to live on.
In the case of the first two instalments, each reads just as well as a stand-alone book as they do as part of a series; in book one there was more than enough scope for readers to hope for a sequel but without feeling cheated by lots of unanswered questions and loose ends, and in book two readers were introduced to several new characters taking the helm as it were, but with enough interwoven references to the past so as not to confuse new readers.
For those readers sufficiently intrigued by this review please take a look at my reviews for the two previous books in this superb trilogy:. Tags: Amazon , Biker Gang , crime , kindle. May Detective Sergeant Nelson looked at the prosecution barrister quizzically. What can he say?
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Do you have anything to say in support of such a request Mr. I enter the dock, calm and relaxed, mentally preparing myself for all too familiar onslaught. My advantage…. Certainly not a quantative one from many of the attractions and fantasies of you, myself, or any other member of the public. I mentally sigh at the pathetic predictability of his logic; a wonderful but irrelevant piece of rhetoric better saved for a jury.
Provided he or she is content with such feelings it is not classified as a disorder.