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Sirens in the Neighborhood

May 9th, 2014 (09:32 pm)

Our viewing of Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog was interrupted this evening by sirens -- a whole lot of sirens, very close by. We stepped outside and saw flashing lights, just a block away. Seven fire department vehicles had responded to a situation at a nearby apartment building. We stepped outside to see what was happening. We couldn't see or smell smoke, and no residents seem to have emerged from the building, only fire department personnel, carrying flashlights. We wondered if there had been a gas leak.
  P1220865 fire truck, web
As soon as we were north of the building, the smell of smoke was obvious and we could see that residents had been evacuated out this side of the building. People seemed calm; children were playing tag just outside the main doors. A firefighter came by, distributing toy fire hats to neighborhood kids who were gathered around with their families (including my son). He told me smoke had been coming from one apartment, but nobody responded to firefighters at the door, so they'd broken it down and found the apartment filled with smoke. As it turned out, unattended food left on the stove had caught fire. Firefighters arrived in time to keep the flames from spreading beyond the stove, and nobody had been hurt.

I am grateful to know that the Alexandria Fire Department can respond so quickly and ably to what could have been a serious situation only a block from my house. Thank you, AFD!

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