I hit the panic mode last night

@adnileb (5035)
Philippines
November 19, 2012 7:59pm CST
Me and my fiancé were busy in front of our computers when we heard some noise. We thought it was just some street fights but then we heard a siren from a fire truck. So my fiancé looked out of the window (our room was on the second floor) and saw a big fire few blocks away from our house. When I looked at it, it’s indeed a big fire. We panicked and prepare ourselves for whatever it is that will happen since it was just a few blocks away. We packed our things, (the most important ones) in case the fire will reach our place. Then we went out to see if the other neighbors knew about it. We don’t know yet the exact place and the reason for the said fire. Good thing lots of fire truck came in to rescue so the fire didn’t reach some places. It was one scary night for me. Have you had that kind of experience?
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@jenny1015 (13389)
• Philippines
20 Nov 12
Thank God you are safe. It is really hard to be a victim of such disaster. We'd rather be robbed than have our house burned in fire, right? Some 2 years ago, there was also a fire that happened in our barangay. It was just a block away from us, but at the back of the burning house was my in law's office and apartment building. We were all so worried that it might be burned too because there are lots of documents in the office plus the building just had a new extension with 10 doors od apartment. I was so frightened coz the smoke was billowing towards our house even if it was a block away. It was a huge fire. Burned leaves and paper were blown by the strong wind towards our garage. My knees were weak. What made it worst was I was sick that time and I was in bed, but because of what happened, I hurriedly went our even if I was having fever myself.
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@adnileb (5035)
• Philippines
20 Nov 12
Thanks.. Sad to say but you are right. We would rather choose to be robbed than have our houses burned. At least not all your things can be carried by the robber. But hopefully, no such thing will happen because of the coming holidays. Having seen the fire is really scary. The fire height was so high that really got me nervous. Were your in-laws affected by the fire? What did they do after the incident? Did they make some extra precautions for their documents in case something bad will happen again? I hope nothing bad will happen anywhere this coming holidays.
@jenny1015 (13389)
• Philippines
20 Nov 12
My in laws live parallel to the street where the house was on fire. Fortunately, the fire didn't reach the apartments and the office because my husband, brothers in law and some helpers were there to help put out the fire. I hope so, too that we all be spared with such incident this holiday season.
@adnileb (5035)
• Philippines
20 Nov 12
especially during new year, lots of buildings will be on fire. Hope everyone will keep their surroundings safe.
@Cutie18f (9563)
• Philippines
20 Nov 12
It happened twice when I was a kid and twice we had to pack our things because the fire was close to our house. Nothing really bad happened for it did not reach our area.
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@adnileb (5035)
• Philippines
20 Nov 12
Twice? Oh my, that's a bad experience too. It's so scary seeing the fire just near your house. Fire is a traitor I think. Even though it started on one house, it tries to burn almost all that it can reach. So let's stay alert all the time.
@stan87 (47)
• Bulgaria
20 Nov 12
Hello! Yes, I experinced sort of the same. The difference is that I was the one on fire. It happened to me long time ago when I was a kid. Good that I hardly remember anything now. The other thing I wanted to mention is that last night I had a dream about huge fire. It was a large building, all on fire. It was a nightmare, people were jumping off the windows . . . Strange coincidence, isn't it?
@adnileb (5035)
• Philippines
20 Nov 12
it's more of a scary coincidence. were you in sweat when you woke up? It must have been hot in your dream. Were you able to survive in your dream? Did you jump too?
@glenng01 (71)
• Philippines
20 Nov 12
Good thing the fire department responded immediately to the scene. Time is really essential when it involves putting out fire. Hope that no one got hurt badly during the fire.
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@adnileb (5035)
• Philippines
20 Nov 12
Yes, lots of them went to rescue. The fire was so huge and thank goodness it was easily put out. I hope so that no one was hurt. We didn't hear any gossips about the fire and it's odd that most of our officemates that live near the incident, didn't know what happened.
@Mavic123456 (14334)
• Thailand
20 Nov 12
whew, that was fiery experience. I am sure all your adrenalin had poured in. I remember when there was a big fire in town, one neighbor a woman, was able to lift her refrigerator out of the house. Nothing but her refrigerator was she ever taken out of the house. She forgot other things. Good thing it did not spread to other houses. When the fire was called off, time to go back to the house, she got a big problem, while everyone else were busy carrying stuff at their houses all they were able to bring out, this lady can't lift the only thing she was able to "save" back to her house.
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@adnileb (5035)
• Philippines
20 Nov 12
Hmmm, not that so much adrenalin because I am more nervous that time because it's my first time to see such kind of fire. Your story was quite funny. Unable to bring back the only thing she saved. I think she has the adrenalin rush you're talking about. Maybe the woman became wonder woman that time during fire.
@mariaperalta (19094)
• Mexico
20 Nov 12
Glad you are both alright. Fires can spread fast from one home to another. Great you were ready to get out fast.
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@adnileb (5035)
• Philippines
20 Nov 12
Thanks... We just get out to see the situation outside but yes, we packed our things in case we are going out seriously. Fire can spread fast but thank God the firemen put out the fire immediately.
@leeandrew (1226)
• Philippines
20 Nov 12
I would be very happy to see you get married ( I mean here). Seeing you posting about weddings.. your own wedding. hahaha. (just a little random here). Oh... that is a terrifying experience I must say. Good thing you are all good and the fire was put out immediately. I haven't experience that yet and I'm hoping and praying I won't for the rest of my life, I know for sure it was indeed panicking. At least it's good to know your safe!
@adnileb (5035)
• Philippines
20 Nov 12
Seeing you posting about weddings.. your own wedding. I haven't been posting about my wedding. But I do have one post asking for wedding gift ideas for my in-laws. Maybe that was the one you're talking about. Anyways, yes, it was a good thing that the fire was put out immediately. Theere are many fire trucks that came to the rescue and the fire I think only lasted for 30 minutes. You're lucky that you haven't experienced yet any kind of scary situation like house on big fire. Keep safe and alert always.
@leeandrew (1226)
• Philippines
21 Nov 12
What I mean is... I would love to see you post your wedding story here. lol! Sorry for the confusion it creates :) It's funny how you put those emoticons in every sentence you made to emphasize things. Wish I could do that too. :D I just remember that there was this one time when the building close to my office work before was on fire too and all I remember was I took my bag and came out of the building, nothing really so scary reason why I forgot about it and just remember when I am commenting here. I do hope everything is okay there now... I mean those who were affected by the fire. Grandad use to tell us before that it bearable when your house gets flooded than get's fire!
@leeandrew (1226)
• Philippines
23 Nov 12
Yup, and I'm giving all the credits to you my friend. If mylot will give me an award by using their emoticons, I will definitely send it to you. Oh I see! It feels like you are my tutor, a very good one! Hahaha. I am hiding behind my hubby's name. Actually, there were times when fellow mylotters would say "hi lee" and I would think... who's lee? and grin to myself. Your name is quite hard to pronounce actually, but Belinda is quite a cool name. My friend's sister is Belinda and she's a British girl! My name is Carmel
• Philippines
20 Nov 12
The nearest I've ever been to a house on fire, I can't even see the fire. I could only see the smoke. Although it was pretty thick so it still got me worried. The place that burned down was an apartment complex so whoever started that fire got into a big trouble if he's a tenant there. That's a lot of damages both to the sup and the tenants.
@adnileb (5035)
• Philippines
20 Nov 12
The fire was intentionally started by someone?
• Philippines
21 Nov 12
Not intentionally. I think it was from an unsupervised oven or something.
@adnileb (5035)
• Philippines
21 Nov 12
That's the result of negligence among us, just a simple duty but causes big problem.
@thesids (22358)
• Bhubaneswar, India
20 Nov 12
hi adnileb Thank Lord that you and many others are safe. I havent faced any such incident with fire but then there are other ugly things way back n 1990s which kept us awake, scared and praying. Like the hindu muslim riots in the Northern India during the Babri Masjid Demolition.
@thesids (22358)
• Bhubaneswar, India
20 Nov 12
My state and city is much peaceful when it comes to the Hindu Muslim riots. But during those days, we (me and family) were stranded at another city - Kanpur - in northern India and North has had many incidents of riots. Even today, the situations are quite volatile and it is always an uncomfortable feeling visiting my relatives who are in Northern India. In my state - Orissa (now Odisha) there are naxalites no doubt, but Bhubaneswar (the city where I live) is more peaceful and we dont get their havoc here except for occasional bandhs (this is an Indian word which means complete shutdown of almost everything - no piling of cabs, no offices open, no shops open etc)... and they are a mess to happen. But thanks to Mr. Mahatma Gandhi who gave us this years ago in his peaceful fight for freedom against British.... and many still use it for their own reasons... causing loss of many things.
@adnileb (5035)
• Philippines
20 Nov 12
Oh, it’s so scary back then. But I think situations now are getting worse on some places. So much riots, bombings and killings. Stay safe always my friend.
@thesids (22358)
• Bhubaneswar, India
21 Nov 12
What did you do to yourself? Shrunk your height? Sorry for the above, but this kid looks so very pretty and cute. I guess this is your pic from childhood.
@JamesKYTan (1607)
• Malaysia
20 Nov 12
Ohh, that is really scary! Fire can spread very fast. It is good that you all react fast. Safety first. So far, I have not experience it but it is wise to have 'drill' practice for safety in high rise building. In Malaysia, many schools, high rise offices practice 'drill' so that people would know what to do in case of emergency like fire, earth quake etc.
@adnileb (5035)
• Philippines
20 Nov 12
Yes,fire can spread very fast. We live in a compund and only 2 houses have second floor. The houses there are almost near to each other that adds up to the scare because fire is so fast. Good thing it isn't that windy last night unlike the other nights. That was the time we're thankful there's no wind to blow it more. I think fire drills were just practiced here for schools and other buildings. But no drills for your own home. We just have to be alert in all times. Thanks..
• Malaysia
20 Nov 12
Now even factories have fires drill in their own factory compound. Fire drill is practised not only by international factories but it is also practised by local factories. Factories need to get the ISO Safety certificate.
• Malaysia
20 Nov 12
Now even factories have fires drill in their own factory compound. Fire drill is practised not only by international factories but it is also practised by local factories. Factories need to get the ISO Safety certificate.
@inertia4 (27713)
• United States
22 Nov 12
I never experienced anything like that. Although we did have a fire next door in the apartment house. That was many years ago. It did not spread to our house though. And thats a good thing. And since you're a few blocks away, I figured it would not reach your place. But I never had to fear of packing to leave. Some people in California have those big fires and they spread like crazy. I don't know how they do it.
@adnileb (5035)
• Philippines
22 Nov 12
I got really nervous that time and having lots of important stuff inside the apartment will make you really pack. Well I was thinking ‘where are we heading after this?’ but thank God it didn’t spread. This holidays, we will be home to our own homes and hope our apartment will be just the same when we left it.
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@inertia4 (27713)
• United States
25 Nov 12
I am glad you are okay and that the fire did not spread. I bet you cannot wait to be home again. it is a great feeling.
@KrauseHome (35517)
• United States
2 Jan 13
I have lived in an apt complex where there was a fire one building over and then one where I has bad smoke damage. Both were scary as the one with the smoke damage I had to move from so ended up having to move back in with my mom for a short bit. But these have been quite a long time ago but scary experiences for sure.
@adnileb (5035)
• Philippines
5 Jan 13
Indeed fire is one of the scariest things that could happen in any house. It's like going back to zero, all will turn into ashes. It's a good thing you were not harmed by that fire.
@asliah (11148)
• Philippines
31 Dec 12
hi, yes i already had an experienced like that and the fire during that day was really near in our house i think 20 steps away from our house,actually we also been panic too but we waited the fire if it can affect our house.many people panic that day and thank to all firetruck because they stopped the fire.
@adnileb (5035)
• Philippines
5 Jan 13
Fire is really serious and tragic. They said it's much better if your house got robbed rather than hit by fire.
• Philippines
27 Nov 12
That was scary, indeed! Fortunately, I have not experience anything like it. And I don't ever want to experience something like that, if I can help it. Really good to know that you are alright!
@adnileb (5035)
• Philippines
28 Nov 12
Yup, thanks a lot... That was an abandoned building and luckily, no one was hurt. Good thing the fire didn't spread to the other buildings and houses. Thanks!
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
22 Nov 12
Wow...no..I have never been that close to a huge fire. I would have been scared too. I have drove by an area before and seen a blazing fire being put out..but never while I was at home.
@adnileb (5035)
• Philippines
28 Nov 12
It was quite scary since there's a chance for the fire to spread. Thank goodness no one was hurt. We have known that the building was an abandoned place. But it's so confusing why it was burned. Maybe somebody throw something that caused the building to burn.
@Hatley (164486)
• Garden Grove, California
20 Nov 12
wow adnileb no not exactly like that. I was working in the library when suddenly the smoke alarm went off and the building filled quickly with smoke .we all were told to get outside and wait for the fire engines. well it turned out a worker had left his lawn mower under a vent in to the library and there was no fire. meanwhile someone managed to make off with six brand new books from the new book display. Whoever stole them was long gone by the time we found they were missing.Odd that none of us noticed someone coming out out of the library with new books and stopped the person.At that time we had not yet installed magnetic strips in our books that set off magnetic censors when they walked out t he front door. o xm]angry[/em]
@adnileb (5035)
• Philippines
20 Nov 12
Oh, false alarm. Don't you think, maybe it's the worker who left his lawn mower on the vent. I just can't think who else would plan to steal in the middle of a panic. Anyways, let's be alert and always take care.
• India
20 Nov 12
Hi friend, sad to hear about this, hope you both are safe. I never faced this kind of experience in my life, but heard a lot of stories in this sort, i.e some of my friends faced this kind of incidents in their life and shared it with me. Good to know the fire truck came and rescued all the victims
@adnileb (5035)
• Philippines
20 Nov 12
Thank you my friend. We never had a chance to visit the place whether there are some serious injuries. I hope none. You're lucky that you haven't experienced this yet. It's so scary.
@ifa225 (11098)
• Indonesia
20 Nov 12
wow i can feel the panic by your story I ever felt that way too when earthquake hits Jakarta few months ago I did not packed anything since all I can do is out from my house and look for same safe place
@adnileb (5035)
• Philippines
20 Nov 12
Yes, that was really scary. But I wonder our neighbors weren't scared at all because they look calm. Maybe they thought it was far to reach our place. Anyways, earthquake is also scary because there are instances that roads split and buildings collapse. We should know every move for every situation and should always stay calm and alert.
@victorywp (3526)
• Malaysia
20 Nov 12
hi adnileb, that is indeed a very scary and panic situation you were experiencing! i am kind of sad about the situation of the countries in south east asia because we have to wait for the policemen or firemen to come for the rescue when something happen. but in the united states, they have so many superheroes who are willing to come for the rescue at anytime and anywhere. you name it... superman, batman, x-men (cyclops, wolverine, etc.), the avengers (spiderman, captain america, hulk, thor, etc.), fantastic four, and many others. and in japan, they also have ultraman. but for fire cases, ultraman couldn't help much because he is too huge in size. if he try to save a fire, he might mistakenly step on a few cars and hit on a few tall buildings, which may kill more than he could save. wait a minute, have i gone too far? sorry, i was just joking and got carried too far away... no, i never had that kind of experience... yet!
@adnileb (5035)
• Philippines
20 Nov 12
Well, I am not much into watching television that's why I don't know who's the superhero that could save us here these days. Before, we had Captain Barbel and Lastikman. How I wish those superheroes are true so whenever there are problems anywhere, they're here to rescue you. Good for you that you haven't experienced this kind yet. But just in case, you should be alert and text Superman.
@anne25penn (3310)
• Philippines
20 Nov 12
More than a decade ago, when I was still living in Quezon City, I did experience the same thing you did. As you know with Quezon City, it is very congested and I was scared that the fire would reach our house, which was a very old apartment building made mostly of wood. I just packed the important things in my car and cleared my driveway in case I needed to drive away and the fire reaches our home. But thankfully, the fire stopped a few houses away from mine, sparing the most combustible buildings on our street, which was our house. I now live in a subdivision somewhere in Rizal and thankfully no fires have happened on any of the homes here.
@adnileb (5035)
• Philippines
20 Nov 12
That's one advantage of having a car. In case of some emergency, you can always escape or go somewhere safe. Hope no serious fires will happen to the place near you as it is so dangerous. Also, we should be alert at all times.