The harsh sound of the fire alarm often echoes in our building, the noise painful and so loud it hurts the eardrums. A few years ago when the fire alarm went off, the cause was a real fire and not a false alarm.
The smoke travelled far up into the building and its scent lingered for days. The fire completely gutted the apartment, leaving nothing in its wake.
The cause of the fire was due to carelessness. Someone flicked the butt of their cigarette off the edge of their balcony. The cigarette butt fell onto one of the mattresses that someone had thrown away and placed next to the garbage bins down below. The mattress caught alight and the fire spread to the apartment above.
My heart went out to the people who lived in the suite above the dumpsters for they lost everything.
As a result of the fire, the landlord moved the position of the dumping area. Each day the workers move the furniture that has been thrown away to a distance beyond the walls of the building. Notices continue to be placed in our letterboxes reminding us not to throw things of the balcony. Sometimes I think a visual reminder needs to be added.
Have you been a victim of a fire?
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014
(This post was inspired by Cee’s Fun Photography prompt: fire/season of summer)