Wednesday, September 12, 2007
At 2+ am today, my mum suddenly woke me up and shouted "Got fire!"
Ya, there was a fire breakout 5 floors below my unit. My unit number is #16-91 while the fire scene was at #11-91. My flat is not of those old types whereby there are long corridors. It basically has a common rectangular area and there are 6 units linked from that common area, which makes it look like a flower, with 6 petals, if you were to have a bird's eye view.
So I ran out with my family to the common area, without wearing my underwear. I felt so awkward. LOL. Anyway, I looked downwards, but I didn't really see the fire. I just saw the outer walls of the burning unit glowing in orange. Judging from the glow, the fire was quite a big one. So, almost all my neighbours were out, walking around, looking here and there, and getting frantic and didn't know what to do.
Then, my neighbours said that we should close our windows. So I quickly ran inside with my mother and helped to close the windows, and at the same time, I made use of the opportunity to put on my underwear. LOL.
It was quite funny that my neighbours from two out of the 6 units on my floor were still sleeping amidst this commotion. My neighbours and my parents were ringing the bell and banging the door, but they were still sleeping. What heavy sleepers are they.
Later, my neighbours said that the police a few floors down wanted us to evacuate, but we couldn't use the lift. Ya, so we had to walk down 32 flights of stairs to get down from the 16th to the 1st floor. When we reached the 11th floor, the smoke was so thick that I thought I was so gonna die of suffocation. But the 10th floor was totally cool. The air was so crisp and fresh. LOL, it's 'cause smoke travels upwards, not downwards. =.=.
When we finally reached the ground floor, there were a lot of people. They were all wearing sleepwear, like duh. But it was quite a rare sight. First, I've never seen so many people from my flat where I've lived for 10 to 11 years. Second, it's quite interesting to see most of them wearing T-shirt and shorts, and some wearing pyjamas. LOL.
I heard from some aunties that they heard quarrels before the fire. Hmmm.
After about 30 minutes, we were allowed to return upstairs. My parents were so kanchiong as they quickly rushed to the lift, so my sister and I followed suit. Then, I realised we were the first few to return home. I bet the common area of the ground floor was very crowded as people took turns to enter the lift.
Btw, my mum told me later on that the 12th floor was also affected by the raging fire. Luckily, the owner of that unit has actually sold it away and was gonna move out today. Hahaha, the new owner is quite unlucky... hafta waste money to do some repairing.
Hmm, what a rare experience.
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