Fire in Progress

Around 1:30 a.m., uncomfortably close
Around 1:30 a.m., uncomfortably close

I should be working, but I find the mushroom cloud of smoke outside of my window slightly distracting. The above was snapped with my not-iPhone from my flat’s terrace at 1:30 a.m. when I first noticed that the sky got itself smokey eyes. (I’m entitled to treat a fire in a flippant tone when I’m sitting 800 metres away from it.)

In retrospect I recalled that I did hear sirens earlier, but since it’s Friday night and since I live next to a hospital, that’s a perfectly normal background noise. I’m mildly discomforted by the fact that I’m siren-deaf—I physically perceive them but I don’t mentally notice them. I’m also somewhat disappointed in my cat. Just before I saw there was a fire, the cat acted weird, hid in a closet and then came out for a cuddle. And I thought she was just happy to have me.

Two hours later, the local fire brigade tweeted that it’s a textile warehouse on fire—before that, there was no information anywhere to be found. It’s cool that they added photos and even a video, but I’d rather know if I should pack my emergency bag (and if my favourite supermarket next to the warehouse is burning too). A storm just started—the cat retired to the closet again, she’s scared of rain for no reasonable reason, especially when considering that she used to live outdoors.

I guess being almost a kilometre away and with the rain now, I should be safe enough, but I’ll probably stay up to see what’s up—or more to the point, what’s burning down. Should you be concerned about my morbid humour (but you should surely be used to it by now), let me state for the record that no casualties were reported and given that it’s a warehouse that caught fire in the middle of the night, casualties are unlikely. I’m not even freaking out by now (too much).

Around 4 a.m., hopefully under control
Around 4 a.m., hopefully under control

32 thoughts on “Fire in Progress

  1. I like that you share so much about your neighbourhood with us…..even a fire becomes interesting though the thought of your favourite supermaket being out of commission is a worry…..I take it the second photo is taken around dawn? Either that or you have the most amazing flash on your phone!!! Good you are safe though, that would be a worry a smokey and slightly singed Mara would be more pessimistic than normal……lol

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    1. Yep, no worries, I retain my black humour even in emergencies. No news since I posted this, but I snapped the second photo just now, it’s after 4 a.m., and it looks like I won’t need to evacuate myself and the cat. The status of the supermarket remains a concern though 😮

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      1. I remain on stand by to help…no idea what…maybe a word of encouragement as you pack to flee the flames??
        I made a reference to you and cats in post this week on the Tale weaver…lol…..sure to incite your sense of humour??

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  2. Ugh! It looks much closer when it’s dark like that. Perhaps the cat could smell the smoke, or it was the the storm closing in. High winds would be really bad for the firefighters.

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    1. Exactly, it looked so close, I was surprised to find that the location was almost a kilometre away when I finally learned what’s burning. Now it looks okayish, so I can probably abandon my watch and go to sleep. Or something. The cat betrayed me. She should have different behaviours for rain and fire, they’re antithetical elements… She probably smelled the smoke, now I can smell it too.

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      1. An abandoned house burned here a night, some time ago. We could see the flames too, from the balcony, and it looked scary close. Found out on Twitter where it was, and that was probably even farther than yours.

        We’ve just got the second season of The Bridge, so we’ve had a very entertaining evening 🙂

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        1. I actually binge watched some Bridge while on my fire watch yesterday. It is scary when you see actual flames. At least in your case it was an abandoned building; and in my case reports state that there were no injuries and no damage to adjacent buildings (so my supermarket is safe), though the material loss is great as the whole complex burned to the ground.

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          1. I’ve only been across that bridge once, on a train, and it was in the middle of the night. Pitch black outside. I didn’t understand, until I watched that show, that the trains ran underneath, like that. I asked my niece; “are we on the bridge now?” but she said “nah, we’re sort of under it”, and I was too tired to ask her to elaborate. I’d been awake for I don’t know how many hours.

            You could tell, from your pictures, that it was one helluva fire!

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          2. Oh I had no idea that it’s multi-storey bridge, so to say. It definitely looks imposing on TV. I also like it that there is always water near in Sweden/Denmark, at least as seen on The Bridge.

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          3. That’s true … about the water. With such a long coastline as Sweden’s, you’re pretty much bound to be near the water. Unless you live far inland. It’s very much like here, where I am now.

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          4. Just saw the last episode of series one of The Bridge, which was set on the train tracks under the bridge, and I continue to be impressed both by the bridge and the series. The ending – what happens to August – surprised me. A realistic ending, not a happy one, just to my taste.

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          5. Yes, and that’s where it picked up, now when we started to watch season 2. How Martin is coping thirteen months later, with August’s death and all that … Saga is the same LOL

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          6. Good that Saga is the same! I relate to her. Which is probably alarming, but like her, I’m all for machine-like efficiency. It’s a birth defect, I guess.

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    1. I hope the owners had their business insured. But I’m even more glad that I wasn’t affected by the fire, that is, besides a bad fright. Could have been worse; no one got injured and all is under control now.

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  3. It seems to me that everything feels worse at night. I think we instinctively feel more danger when it’s dark.
    I would be up all night too wondering, worrying, planning my escape … Less than a km would be too close for my comfort.

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    1. You have a point. Night always makes things look scarier and closer than they are. I thought the fire was just across the street, from what it looked, and was as surprised as relieved to learn how far it actually was. Well, all is quiet now, drama is over, and no one got hurt.

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    1. Haha, I could probably do nighttime news because I’m usually up anyway. Though I’m not sure how well it works when the reporter freezes in fright, as I pretty much did. Fortunately, all is fine now and everyone is safe.

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  4. I remember a few years ago a propane facility had some of its barbeque propane tanks explode and it was quite close to my parents’ home. It sounded like bombs being dropped. Fire is not something to mess with… the videos and pictures that surfaced after showed just how far that one fire was seen. Immediate houses were evacuated and the plant has been permanently closed (too close to neighbours and they couldn’t allow this happening again).

    I hope the grocery store is still fine!!

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    1. A propane facility! That must have been seriously bad. No, such facilities should be nowhere near other buildings, least of all residential houses.

      I’ve been to check on my supermarket today and I’m happy to report that it escaped unscathed. Which is good, if only because dozens of people employed in the warehouse that burnt down lost jobs for the time’s being.

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