This morning I was woken by up my door bell just after 4am – when I check through the door eye who it was I saw a very handsome tall firefighter. I had smelled some smoke so soon as I open up my eyes.
He told me to get dressed and then leave the building.
There was no smoke as such in the stairway, but what I understand that around 3am there was no sight at all for smoke – but the smell of fire was very strong. Was sent together my next door neighbors to a school down the block. Outside on the street was it full action with 3 fire engines, police and ambulance, emergency crew everywhere.
At the school we were all ticked by a police man – there was representatives from insurance company, support groups, ambulance service, fire brigade and our landlord. We got information about what had happen, what was going on and what was going to happen.
We informed that the fire was under control, but not totally out. It had spread during the whole basement and their biggest worries were the garage and all the cars. Somebody had been to gym in the middle of the night and came home around 2pm and was met by smoke in the entrance, so he was the one that made the 112 call.
No damage to any of the apartments on the ground flour, but basement with all our storage units and laundry rooms all gone.
In Sweden emergency services are not allowed to use sirens after 10pm – if it’s not server emergency. So that was why most of us hadn’t woken up when the fire brigades arrived.
They didn’t know what has caused the fire yet – and it will take days of investigation before we are allowed to go down in the basement.
After a couple of hours we were allowed back into our homes. Our landlord and insurance representatives checked out every apartment to check the smoke damage. My apartment was fine, but the one above me had some damage and 6 apartments on the ground floor.
The scary thing was that none of the fire alarms worked in the ground floor apartments and they had smoke along ceiling. That’s not good for the landlord and they were changed last year
Still no electricity in the two next door entrances – but our entrance has. No TV, phone or internet in the whole building. Had to contact my old mobile internet provider, glad I kept the hub and they helped me out, even if it took 2 hours.
What would have happen if our neighbor hadn’t come home in the middle of the night from the gym??? Because the fire didn’t at that time show on the outside of the building.
So all my stuff … my nice suitcases and my favorite Paul Smith cabin bag, is all history. But I don’t care – only stuff that can be replaced. The good thing is that we will get brand new laundry rooms, but god knows when. Glad I have loads of knickers in my draws.
I hope that it is not arson – because that will make the house feel very unsafe, because with our new key system it must be somebody that lives in the building or somebody has provided a none recident with keys.
On the backyard the kids are now playing like nothing has happen – in the street there is one fire support engine left and a terrible smell in the stairways. Everybody is back into their apartments what I understand. But we are not allowed to use the lift yet.
So lucky – it could have ended so much worst for many of us or in worst case, all of us. Only the thought of losing everything in a fire – daunting, but after all it’s just things.
I must give credit to all emergency services and support for that everything was very well organized and no panic what so every, all was very professional handle – but of course the issue with the none function fire alarms is scary.
“I can think of no more stirring symbol
of man’s humanity to man than a fire engine.”