Here we go again… December is Blog-Every-Day Month. No guidelines. No rules. No set topic. No nothing no how. Just an article with at least one complete sentence, every day…
December 18… because fire.
We were watching TV when the typical barrage of sirens blared down the street. It seems funny to put it that way, but we live just up the road from a fire hall and it’s a weekly event to hear the trucks racing by with their sirens howling on their way to a call.
The lights flashed by our window, and I ignored it… at first. But then the light flashing against the curtains, blinking red-and-off-red-and-off didn’t go away.
I paused the TV and got up to look out the window, expecting to see a single truck responding to yet another false alarm at the condo down the road, but instead my jaw hit the window sill as I watched the billow of smoke rising out of what seemed to be my neighbour’s back yard.
It turned out it was one of the little townhomes one street over, fire consuming it so fast and so large we could sometimes see the flames licking at the sky from our living room window. And by the time we went to bed a hour and a half later, the fire had been reduced, but the number of responders had increased dramatically. I could see nine engines, and that was not counting the (at least) one close to the fire. Reporters (or at least guys with big shoulder-mounted cameras) were crawling about, and the various other support vehicles (fire investigation and ambulances) had our street jammed, too.
I read in the news this morning that thankfully there were no injuries, but I’m sure that only partially dampens the pain of a few people who are homeless this morning.