Flaming New Year’s

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Fire started at the top.
remains
A burned-out skeleton.

FOR WEEKS, it had been a spectacular sight on our town’s plaza. A Christmas tree about three stories tall.

Not a tree actually, an artwork, lamentably flammable.

Thursday afternoon, on the cusp of New Year’s Eve, a fire erupted at the top and worked its way down. Apparently, a kid lit a pyrotechnical device nearby, and it landed on the tree.

The flames consumed about two-thirds of the elegant structure before a fire truck arrived and extinguished it.

And so ended 2015.

Below is a “Before” shot I found on Facebook.

(UPDATE: It will be rebuilt. Since Christmas is not the big day for children in Mexico — Three Kings Day is — and that doesn’t arrive till next week, it will be repaired for the kiddies, according to the mayor.)

before

10 thoughts on “Flaming New Year’s”

  1. ‘Twas the poverty that drove the townsfolk to turn jihad and burn down their own Christmas Tree … Damned fossil fuel burners! Allah Obama!

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  2. Looks like you’ve just had the world’s first artificial forest fire.

    Wasn’t it Oscar Wilde who said, “All the best things in life are artificial?

    Saludos,

    Kim G
    Boston, MA
    Where it’s generally too wet for forest fires, fake or otherwise.

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      1. Hola Don Cuevas! I’m aware of the Great Molasses Disaster. I used to work not too far from there. And I’ve even gone down there in the summer to see if it truly still smells of molasses. Maybe I didn’t go on a hot enough day, but I couldn’t smell anything “molassesy.” Saludos!

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  3. Too bad. It could have been enjoyed for a few more weeks. It was a beautiful tree and did the plaza proud.
    It would be nice to see some more of the plaza merchants do a little more for decorations next year.

    Keep warm!

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    1. Tancho: It’s going to be redone. I imagine it’s being rebuilt as we speak. I haven’t been downtown today. The metal frame is still there. It’ll be up and going, so to speak, long before Three Kings Day.

      As for keeping warm, it’s back to mild here. Got a little nippy a week ago, however.

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