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.