Here are some English News and comments on the Cologne catastrophe
Feel free to add more coverage in the comments of this entry!
“People in the city archive building managed to escape shortly before it collapsed Tuesday. Police say the two men missing lived in one of two neighboring buildings that were partially destroyed.”
See also (the newest entry is always added to the top):
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-germany-archives17-2009may17,0,5628154.story (Interview with Schmidt-Czaja)
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-05/17/content_11388471.htm (Czech expert: Only 30% of collapsed Cologne archives to be saved)
Pictures of some (lost?) treasures in a German flyer: