04/10/2002 - The fire started
just after 6.00pm.
The Neighbourhood Watch members of USJ26 and
USJ27 were the first on the scene. They could only help salvage some of
the furniture and valuables from the affected and adjacent house.
The Police were also on hand and a lot of helpful
people too, but all anyone could do was watch as there were no fire
fighting equipment to help put out the fire.
The small watering hoses that we
normally have at the front of our houses were dwarfed by the "fire" to
insignificance. But none the less they were used to a small extend in
helping control the fire from spreading.
Let us put this into it's proper
prospective, if you were there looking on as the house is going up in
flames you would feel both helpless and impotent, this in itself can be
quite a terrifying experience. The type of anxiety that goes through the
minds of all the actual home owners in the vicinity must be horrific.
You can therefore imagine the relief
when the Bomba finally arrived almost 1 hour
later when the fire was at it's height and thanks to them, the fire was
put out almost immediately.
The corner house was completed
gutted on the top floor and the whole roof caved in,
it was indeed a miracle that the
adjacent houses did not also catch fire.
Maybe its time for all of us to have some
basic training with fighting fire equipment with the help
from the Bomba.
Read more at the USJ18 Website,
the possible causes of the fire and safety precautions we can all take to
avoid similar situations from happening
Read up on how to use the Fire Extinguisher at the USJ23 Archive site