Fire Operations

Arghz, not a great word to choose for a prompt! I am in the middle of a fire operation right now. Not the idea of what I wanted to blog about today!!

It’s been one and a half hours, it doesn’t look like I am allowed back for a while. The whole place stinks. The smell of burning rubber, or cables, or chemicals. I don’t know, but it is smelly from where I was on the 24th floor all the way to where I am now literally grounded – the ground floor.

Firemen looked like they are done with the job. One fire truck and two cutesy fire scooters have left. One more still here checking for complete safety (no aftermath). Three police cars were here, but two have left too. Still checking as well.

Not sure what the Universe is telling me. But I know for sure, place absolute Trust in Him because He has my back.

I was doing my usual weekend marking, and something felt weird. I went to the staircore (the one I hardly use) but it felt weird. There was a loud humming sound, but no one was there. The place felt unsually warm. I went back to my marking. The fire alarm rang a couple of seconds and stopped. A couple of times. Sounded like the routine “testing of alarms”.

I heard the high frequencies in my left ear. The very same ones when Universe was urgently saying I needed to leave. So I did, walked some steps to the lift core again, met some co-workers and I asked them about the smell. They said they will check with security since they are on the way out. I happily walked back to office. The frequencies in my left ear sounded again. I quickly packed my most precious pen into my bag and left.

Absolute regrets when the lift doors closed. It absolutely totally stank, way worse than the stink at the cargo lift core I peeked at. While I was in the lift, the fire alarms started sounding for real. This time more confidently, more convincingly, and with instructions to not use lift. Tsk, I was already in the lift! I just prayed it will take me to the ground floor not to the lift housing.

So I made it out! Oh gosh, seriously, I learnt so much that no amount of fire drills can teach me.

I hung out on the ground watching the entire fire operations (but not the action taking place on the 19th floor). The firemen wore little tanks on their backs, one even came downstairs to take his gas mask.

The fire compartment shutters came down! It is an urban spectacle for me, for we always had to plan for fire compartmentalization, yet this is the first time I am seeing it in action! The police also went to cordon off the affected side of the ground floor. I hope it does not mean it’s structurally weak (or worse, burnt …). My new office is on that side of things! And I just put my stuffs yesterday!

Ooh, the cleaners are now back in action with cleaning the aftermath. I suppose I can go up soon too. Or maybe I should just head home to sleep.

15 Comments Add yours

  1. curioussteph says:

    Oh my! very scary. Glad you are safe, and listened to the warning in your ear. Hope that your building is useable soon.

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    1. leapingtoes says:

      Thanks Steph! I’m now back at home, will check back on it tomorrow morning! 🤞

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  2. That is enough excitement for the day, Ping. Rest up.

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    1. leapingtoes says:

      Yups! Going to shower and sleep~ good night Tracy!

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  3. Scary stuff. Why oh why did you use a lift with a potential fire in the building. Never do that always use the stairs! Alas, I’m glad you’re okay!

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    1. leapingtoes says:

      My brains got smoked. I started thinking a lot more after the event.. Like, had I taken my usual stairs, I would have walked straight into the fire … There are two other staircases at the furthest ends of the building .. my brains didn’t think of them! I have to reread all the fire safety instructions somehow .. like, what if i walked to the wrong furthest end .. 😮 😥

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      1. One of the biggest issues these days is businesses never run fire drills to train their teams how to vacate the building and what to do if they cant anymore.
        I’m just glad you made it out okay.

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  4. “Fire” is rather a terrifying word out here. Glad you’re safe!

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    1. leapingtoes says:

      Yesssss.. it’s scary where you are!
      Singapore (being such a small island/city/country) had beyond its fair share of weird accidents just the first quarter of this year. I normally won’t be so freaked by such situations, but this year had been so weird, I hope it is just a “small, normal fire” that just so happened to smell bad.

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    1. leapingtoes says:

      Yups, totally okay. The building is okay too. Turns out that not many people even knew about the fire when the week started.

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      1. I am so glad to hear it. A fire caused havoc at the University of Cape Town this weekend.

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  5. Irene says:

    Oh, my! What a scary experience that must have been. 😳

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    1. leapingtoes says:

      Yea! It was scary when I had zero inkling about what was happening!

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      1. Irene says:

        Glad you are okay. 😊

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