Transcript for US student in France captures Notre Dame spire collapsing in flames
today there was an American student studying in Paris, from Washington, D.C., and they were on a sunset cruise on the seine, the fay nous river that runs along the cathedral, when they saw the cathedral burning, and here's what they told me. We're watching your piece of video right now, and I don't even know how you're able to hold the phone, actually, while you were watching that through the lens of the phone, Kelly, I'm sorry you had to witness that, and just tell us what you've seen, what you're seeing now. So, me and my mom, we're going own a sunset cruise on the when I got on the boat, one of my friends texted me saying notre dame is on fire. We couldn't see it at that point. We were kind of shaken up and then our boat started going down the river. And you could see the smoke just raising up. And eventually we got next to it and you can just see the flames going up and eventually the tower came down. It was just very, very crazy. Must be a chilling thing to witness, obviously, with your mother. And how many other people were on that sunset cruise? We know such a popular thing to do there in Paris. There were, like, 40 of us, maybe, and it was just kind of crazy, because people from all different countries, and eventually there were French people on there and they just started sobbing and holding each other. And it was just very intense. Well, Kelly, please send our best to your mother, as well, and to the folks who were on that cruise. They will be forever changed by whey that witnessed. Kelly, thank you, and thank you for sharing your images. Thank you. And there was that American professor in Paris who watched from his balcony while we were on the air. Describe for the moment you saw the spire, perhaps one of the most iconic parts of that cathedral, really defined the look of that cathedral for so many people who come to visit it, the stained glass windows but of course that spire that we have watched tumble. There's no question, that was the most horrifying moment. My partner and I were standing on the balcony watching, that was the moment that she started crying, when we watched that spire fall down. It's just -- it's an iconic part of the Paris skyline, I mean, in terms of just the confusion and the sense of shock that people are feeling. It's awful to see. And the streets in front of my house right now are just choked with people, the emergency trucks seem to be having a hard time getting through. People are just sort of paralyzed and transfixed watching this beautiful, iconic building collapsing in front of them. Witnesses on the air with us today as the world, in fact, watched.
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