Yesterday I Spent Two Hours Helping To Out A Run Away Fire…
Trinidad And Tobago
April 21, 2017 6:33pm CST
Yesterday fire gutted the empty lot adjacent to our house and flames leaped about six to eight feet high. The origins of the fire is unknown but there are a few people who are under suspicion. It started some half a mile away and accelerated at an alarming rate. It gobbled up trees, dried grass and broken and dead branches…and reached right up to our house. I hear the neighbor calling on the phone to tell my niece that the fire was right behind our house. So I went to see. It was worse than I feared. Everything was in flames and the smoke from green grasses burning caused streaming eyes and fits of coughing. I had gone out unprepared. No tall boots, no shades and no protection…only a pair of flip flops on my feet. The midday sun was hot and blistering. But there was no time. I took the hose from my sister in law and tried to wet as much grass and fence as I could. The water was a mere trickle…one of the rare occasions that there was water. So that was a bit of luck. My section was a 120 feet of fence. My niece did the same to the back of the house with about 40 feet of fence. My brother went to the back of the land to try and cut a fast pathway. My sister in law went back to the business to prevent thieves taking advantage of the open shops. All around us about 40 houses struggle to contain the fire. Some neighbors threw water in home where people were not there, trying to save the house. A lot of people just spectated. The fire damaged some acres of land. It caught on to the bamboo patch behind our house and burn brilliantly. It will probably take about four days to smolder out. I don’t think any one called the fire truck. That never works for us. And there are no roads for the trucks to drive through. The next day I suffered terrible swollen throat and swollen eye, even though I had none of these symptoms before I went to sleep. Even after all our hard work, the next morning I saw half a flower tree burnt on our side. The fire had re-started during the night and did come across to our side. It was a miracle that it did not spread while we were sleeping. This was such a frightening and traumatic experience. Have you ever experience the danger to your house or to yourself like this?
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• Pamplona, Spain
23 Apr 17
We could have done but the Fire was up in the Mountain and it was not provoked and was started by a huge Storm. Very glad that you are safe now. It is scary indeed. Can remember a Warehouse of tyres going up in Flames around the Corner from us.
22 Apr 17
I was going to say to keep an eye on the fire, because if it not fully out it restarts. I experienced an enormous fire when we lived in Monte-Carlo. All the woods and forests around our small country were on fire and we were isolated. We spent the night on the beach, because I was too scared to stay in the apartment. It took 6 days to the firefighters to contain the flames. I am glad that your house is safe.
• United States
Lived in an apartment complex ovwr 20 yrs ago where someone set it on fire when I was out of town. I was able to salvage some stuff and had to live with my Mom til I got another place. It turned out to be arson and I am glad God spared me from this ordeal, and glad your place is left unharmed.