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around 2 o’clock in the morning, i was suddenly startled by a very intense beeping. BEEP. BEEP. BEEP. so i checked the fire alarm, muted the one inside the apartment and heard more from outside. there was a strange smell on the corridor, so i put on minimalistic clothing (it was -3 degree celsius outside), grabbed my mobile phone, my laptop and my camera bag (unfortunately, i forgot my passport, i have to think of that the next time), a jacket, some socks (no time to put them on), jumped into my shoes, ran downstairs, and joined a bunch of neighbors waiting outside. after some time, sirens approached, three fire trucks showed up. some firemen, armed with hoses, got into the building. we were waiting. i walked up the street a bit, nothing unusual to see from the other side of the house. eventually, the beeping stopped. two of the trucks left. and finally, someone came out of the third truck, and told us that we can go back in. the strange smell was still there, but apparently everything was fine. gladly.
well. i also learned a thing: its impossible to overhear the alarms. in fact, when i walked to the stairs on the corridor, while passing a buzzer, it feld like i’d become deaf if i stop there for just a few seconds. oh well. its time to go back to sleep ;-)


ladyarctica wrote on october 17, 2010 at 22:32:

Oh fire alarm… who doesn’t love them! you’re pretty well trained though, during my last fire alarm I didn’t catch anything, not even clothes (wearing pjs) and just walked out into the freezing like that because I wasn’t very amused to be awoken that early…

felix wrote on october 19, 2010 at 03:59:

this was actually my first fire alarm. before that, we only had fire drills (at school, and at university), though not all of them were announced.
this time i was fortunately awake, so i could react a bit more thoughtful :) but maybe i should prepare some kind of document collection which i can just grab while running out, so i at least have some documents after the rest of my stuff burnt down…