The Serengeti Fire

March 4, 2010 · 2 comments

in Documentary

Last night we were having a chilled evening, feet up in front of the telly, when suddenly we heard someone shout “Fire!” and pandemonium broke out… Admittedly, I reached for my camera before my cellphone, before running out to be met by an enormous orange glow which engulfed the night sky.

The owners of this unit were out, and without any deliberation, the residents of the surrounding units rolled up their sleeves, unraveled all the nearby fire hoses, climbed on top of the carport roofs, and set out at conquering the fire. Luckily someone had a great idea to hose down the roof of the next door unit, which being thatch, could also have gone up in flames in a matter of minutes.

Soon three ambulances arrived (although luckily there were no injuries) with the fire brigade hot on their heels. However, by this time the residents had made a fantastic collaborative effort in subduing the flames.

The electricity was cut in order to prevent further electrical damage and the rescue operation was lit by the eerie red glow from the fire trucks lights.

Once the firemen were inside the burning unit, they continued working at putting out the smouldering contents until way after I called it a night and climbed in bed.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Shaggy March 4, 2010 at 4:09 pm

Wow, thats impressive, nice photo’s too.
Glad your house was OK!

Mom April 12, 2010 at 8:36 pm

The pics are great – real news stuff but the one of the fireman is excellent!

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