Have you ever had to call the fire department?

United States
October 20, 2011 2:15pm CST
While at work today, one of the girls I work with commented that she smelled something burning. We each went over and smelled the area she was talking about, and sure enough we did smell something burning, but we could not determine the source. Some of the girls walked around, upstairs and downstairs and around back, but still could not determine where the smell was coming from. To be safe, we called the fire department who arrived only moments later and immediately evacuated the building. While they searched for the source, the entire bank filled up with smoke. They eventually did find the source. They believe a bird flew into a compressor which started a small fire within the compressor. Thankfully the fire was contained and did not spread, though the smoke did. So I got paid to stand outside for about an hour watching the firemen do their jobs, unroll the house, prepare the ladder, and all that stuff. It was all quite interesting. I just wish it hadn't been so cold out! Have you ever had to call the fire department, or been in a building where there'd been a fire of any kind?
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@inu1711 (5288)
• Romania
20 Oct 11
You were lucky the fire did not spread and everybody was OK. I will always remember the fire in the student hostel, even it happened many years ago. The fire didn't spread but the girls in the room where the fire started suffered severe burns. I still have in my mind the smell of burned flesh and the image of the bloody footsteps of one on the burned girls who walked in front of me when the firemen evacuated the building.
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• United States
20 Oct 11
Ew, that's awful!
@inu1711 (5288)
• Romania
20 Oct 11
It was, indeed! Now the memories are not so present but I remember there were nights when I couldn't sleep because of those images.
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• United States
20 Oct 11
I could only imagine.
@GardenGerty (102516)
• United States
20 Oct 11
I was doing some reset work at a grocery store when the sprinkler went off. The fire department was called and the building evacuated. We could not go back in because we were not employees and the store had to be shut down until all the water was cleaned up, etc.
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• United States
20 Oct 11
Do you know what set the sprinklers off?
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@GardenGerty (102516)
• United States
20 Oct 11
They said there was an electrical problem the day before and the electricians had been working in the crawl space above the store and there must have been a short or something.
• United States
20 Oct 11
Yikes! Well it's a good thing nobody was hurt!
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
22 Oct 11
Still getting used to you working in a bank! When I started to read the discussion, I thought that the burning smell was at Subway, and I just thought it natural as bread could have been burning. Anyway, I haven't been in a building that was really on fire. My last job did have regular fire drills where firemen would also go through the exercise of evacuating people, getting their ladder out, etc. And we have to stand outside with all of our 'important' stuff even if it was cold.
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• United States
23 Oct 11
Well get used to it! LOL. Yeah, a fire at Subway would have been more expected... but also scarier since it probably would have been more severe. Thankfully the fire at the bank was small and contained and caused no real damage. I've never had a fire drill since I was in school!
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
24 Oct 11
I'm sure the bank has its set up to do drills regularly!
• Canada
20 Oct 11
Yep! On Thanksgiving several years ago, my sister's wall oven malfunctioned while she had the turkey in there. A small section of the element "popped" and created a flame and nothing would put it out. My brother in law tried their kitchen fire extinguisher and no success... the oven kept burning. My niece was very young at the time and my mom was with us too. My sister yelled at me, "Go!" and I took my little niece and mom out and we sat in the car. The fire department arrived and they were finally able to get the oven under control without a huge amount of damage to the rest of the kitchen. My sister was crying, more about Thanksgiving being ruined than her oven, and we ended up going to a local restaurant that was open to get a meal. My brother in law stayed home and cleaned up the mess. Later on, my sister and I were able to joke that the only good thing that Thanksgiving was that several of the firemen were really cute LOL
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• United States
20 Oct 11
I burned up my husband's brand new grill not too long ago. Thankfully the fire extinguishers were able to put that out. I still feel bad that his grill is ruined though.
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• Canada
23 Oct 11
Oh my gosh, really?! I remember you posted about buying him that for Father's Day! I hope you didn't get burned and it's good that it was controllable. I think we forget, sometimes, that propane grills can actually be dangerous!
@lilybug (21148)
• United States
21 Oct 11
I have never had to call the fire department at work before thank goodness. The only time I have ever seen the fire department at my work was when they were coming out to do an inspection. I am glad that the fire did not spread and that everyone is ok.
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• United States
22 Oct 11
In all the years I have been working, that was the first time we ever had to call the fire department for anything. Only other time I ever saw the fire department was when there was a car accident outside of my house.
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@mindym (979)
• United States
21 Oct 11
When I worked in a restaurant, I was prepping food in the oven when the back of the oven started on fire. Someone had turned the oven onto 500 degrees, and I didn't check it because it was always set to the temperature I needed it to be. I turned the oven off, but the fire still lingered in the back of the oven. So, I used the fire extinguisher. Even that did not diffuse the fire. So, I called the fire department and they came and put the fire out. The fire had been so far in the oven that I would not have been able to put it out without hurting myself. Luckily we were not open at the time and did not have to evacuate, but we could not open the restaurant until the health department came out and inspected it. I had called my boss while waiting for the fire department and she asked how I could be so calm. I was calm on the outside, but freaking out on the inside. Needless to say after that time, I ALWAYS checked the temperature and still do to this day at home. I would have LOVED to have been at your work to watch the firefighters in their uniforms perform their duty But I am glad that everything is ok
• United States
22 Oct 11
I set my husband's brand new grill on fire, but was able to get the fire out with an extinguisher. Then my son went to light the stove and didn't see there was a pot holder on the burner he turned on, so he started a little fire too. First I tried to pat it out with a lid, but it wasn't working, so we used a spatula to flip the pot holder into the lid and I dumped it in the sink to put the fire out.
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• United States
21 Oct 11
No buildings on fire. Though we had to call a few yrs back when a SUV crashed thru several yards and landed in my neighbors bedroom if that counts for anything. Your first week is certainly turning out interesting isn't it.
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• United States
21 Oct 11
Glad everyone was okay.
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@katie0 (5212)
• Japan
21 Oct 11
No, thank God, not even because my house never burned or no one that know house's ever burned. But when I lived in a building a mother didn't pay her electricity and left her 7 old boy and 4 year old girl alone in the dark at night and went to party, yes I know, what a bi**, they light a candle and set an accidental fire in the apartament. The fire departament was called, they were in the 7th floor and I lived in the 12th, it was hard for me to get down, the smoke was already on my floor and they didn't call me.
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• United States
21 Oct 11
I hope those kids were taken away from their mother!
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@Chevee (5915)
• United States
20 Oct 11
Hi Katsmeow1213, yes I had to call the fire department once. Not for me but for my neighbor. Whose house burned real bad. She lost most of her belongings. She moved out of the house and out of the neighborhood. The house was bought by another person who repaired it and sold it. That is how I got this crazy neighbor living next to me now.
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• United States
21 Oct 11
Sorry to hear that.
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@00fear (3209)
• United States
21 Oct 11
It's a good thing that no one was hurt...not even the building. I did have to call the fire departments once or twice (well my parents and brothers did), not because of fire but because of my seizures problem. I had been with these seizures problem for a while already and nothing had happened to me until those times they had to call the fire department and soon the paramedics. Luckily I was fine but it sure was scary as if there were a fire.
@vycess (1590)
• Saudi Arabia
20 Oct 11
That is good that the fire was contained early. I haven't been in such scene of place with fire. It is really scary when I think of it. I hope that our place would be safe of fire.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
20 Oct 11
Hope u are liking your new job. When i had my antique styore & beauty shop the fuse box caught on fire & i had to call the fire dept. Quite scary to think your building is going to burn. I had jerked the main fuse out & kept it from flaming & had to have a whole new box put in. It could have been alot worse than it was if i hadn't jerked the main out. Glad y'alls wasn't worse than what it was.
• United States
21 Oct 11
I'm glad your building didn't burn down too!! And glad you were okay!
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
21 Oct 11
Thanks dear. hope u have a happy weekend. Thanks for your well wishes on Cynthi's discussion.
• United States
23 Oct 11
I'm glad she posted to let us know how you were doing. I do hope you're on the mend! Take care and get lots of rest!
@jillhill (37383)
• United States
20 Oct 11
No. I think I would panic....I don't know if I saw smoke if I would be able to handle getting the fire department there! LOL...I know I probably would...but sometimes I get too excited to make sense. How's the job going?
• United States
21 Oct 11
Everything is going fine so far. I have to go through a lot of training, but it's okay because it's actually stuff I don't know. I hate training for things that I already know, like the training I had to do at Subway. It's not difficult to learn how to make a sandwich, you know. But with the bank there's actually a lot of things I need to know and memorize. So far it's been good, and I think I'm really going to like the job.
@ravinskye (8242)
• United States
20 Oct 11
Wow that's lucky that you smelled it and got it taken care of early. I've never been in a situation where I've had to call the fire company for a fire. I hope I never have to. I bet it would be neat to watch the fire company do their job. I'm glad everyone was okay.
• United States
21 Oct 11
It was sort of neat, but only because everything was okay. If there was a fire blazing out of control it probably wouldn't have been so neat!
@shaggin (37733)
• United States
20 Oct 11
Wow crazy that a bird flying into that could cause problems like that. I'm glad that a fire didnt break out and it was just smoke. I think people can still die from smoke inhalation even if there isnt a fire and its just smoke so I'm glad they evacuated everyone even if you did all have to stay outside in the cold.
• United States
21 Oct 11
It wasn't enough smoke to have caused a problem. It probably would have gotten worse if we didn't call the fire department as soon as we noticed the smell.
• Canada
22 Oct 11
I did when we lived in AZ, and I managed to accidentally start a grease fire. Fortunately I got it before they even came by smothering it with a fring pan, but they came anyway, to make sure the stove was OK.
@vasumathi (438)
• India
20 Oct 11
I dont had such kind of experience in my life.