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.)