Monday, December 21, 2009

Bogart and the Burning Building

Thursday night Claire and I had just settled in...wrapped up on the couch, sipping a nice bottle of wine and a DVD. We were 90% done with the movie when a piercing sound hit our ears. It was followed with a strobe light.

Our fire alarm was going off.

You would think this would be cause for us to jump out of our seat, rushing to exit the building, but this is not the case. Our building has some issues and we live in P-Towne. False alarms are normal. So, Claire and I got up, changed clothes, made sure we had the right jackets, got our wallets and slowly made our way out of the apartment.

About 2/3rds of the way down the hall we realized this was not a drill or a false alarm. It was a real fire.

By the time we got outside, we could see flames in the corner apartment on the floor above us. Everyone is standing outside, freezing our tuchus off...I love that word!

6 Fire Trucks, 8 Cops and 2 Ambulances were surrounding our building. The local news was aiming their cameras at the big, white monstrosity we live in. Luckily, we have a friend that invited us over to get out of the cold.

4 hours later, we were escorted past 2 condemned apartments, through puddles of water and over debris that fell from the ceiling. We got to our place, snuggled back in and finished the movie.


One good thing that happened...I got to cross off something on my Bucket List. On Wednesday you can read all about that...and the heater in our Apartment making snow on Friday.


WILLIAM said...

Holy cow. Lauren and I lived in a place that had "problems" too. Once a month the fire alarm would sound. If I did not smell smoke I would not leave.

for a different kind of girl said...

Glad you got to go back and stay in your apartment. I've lived in places like that before, too, and sometimes I wonder if I'll react appropriately should the day come when I actually do have to abandon ship...or home, as the case may be. I hope I don't ever have to abandon ship because I seriously can't swim!

Katelin said...

wow glad you guys and your apartment was okay, craziness.

sari said...

I'm glad you were ok and that your house wasn't affected! I feel badly for the people who lost their apartments to the fires, bad time of year for that.