Sunday, February 05, 2006

Hot February Nights

Well, there I was at about 9 PM putting out the recycling and the trash and I heard sirens, not the singing kind, the fire truck kind, and kinda close. I looked over at my neighbor's house and I could see flashing red lights. So I go on over to the end of the court and there are a whole lotta fire trucks arriving and Actual Flames(tm) coming up from another neighbor's roof across the street.

Holy crap fire trucks really clog up the street. I counted nine big ole fire trucks and two SUV kind of trucks. It looked like this:
The neighbors and their dogs are all OK. The fire started in the chimney, got onto their roof and then into the attic. There were lots of firefighters hauling hoses and chainsaws and axes and other rip-out-the-burning-stuff kind of tools. For some time you could hear the chainsaws going.

I went out again at about 10:15. The fire dudes were wrapping up things and rolling up the hoses. A fire cleanup contractor had arrived and the gas company fellows were just leaving. I suppose they'll have quite a mess to clean up tomorrow.


Anonymous said...

oooh, scary!

Makes you want to go and replace all the batteries in your smoke detectors, doesn't it?


Unknown said...

Ours are all the hard wired kind that get the power from the house, plus if one goes off, they all go off. That's due to building codes. Plus they have batteries. If there is ever a fire at our place it will be really noisy.

Anonymous said...

I didn't do it.

Anonymous said...

What's the damage the day after? Is it livable until they get it repaired?


Unknown said...

I thingk the damage was mostly confined to the roof/attic but I don't really know. I don't think they are burned out of the house.