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Fire. o_o

There's a car on fire in a carport outside (ok, about 100 yards away from) my flat. O_O *just phoned the fire brigade* - I think someone had already called, mind you, the operator said someone was already on their way and didn't need any more clarification outside of "that's in Ipswich?" when I said the address. At least she understood me, my voice didn't go too thin and shaky to hear.

Story: OK so I'm getting a cup of tea before bed, and I heard a sort of "pop"/bang from outside, which I THOUGHT was just someone slamming a car door, then another "pop" a minute or two later... then another couple of "pop"s and I was about to go see wtf was going on when I noticed that the fog had this sort of bright orange glow... After the immediate response of "oh, firework... waaait, it's 1:30am o_o" had faded, I realised the car opposite was pretty heavily alight, and the "pops" were its tyres exploding.

Shit. *knees are shaking* To start with, I THOUGHT it was in the garage opposite (which has people living above it!) so I was pretty glad it was just in a carport.

Looks like there's two cars on fire right now, actually, I think I can see a second one in there. There's certainly been the sound of more than four tyres exploding.

01:50 - Thank fuck fire brigade is here. *still freaked out* *still shaking*

01:57 - *is totally not going to sleep tonight* *pyrophobe* *TERRIFIED of fire*

02:06 - ok, fire's out. *still shaking btw* Problem is, it's foggy out, so EVERYTHING is getting lit up by the fire engine's blue flashing lights.

Before: http://pics.livejournal.com/keaalu/pic/0008swkh It's the carport/garage just across the road, which I circled (with my shaky scared little hand) behind the white car. The car in the carport hasn't moved in months, mind you, as I don't think it was taxed - I only noticed because its tyres have been flat for forever.
(NB: This was taken in November-ish when my neighbours started parking their moped next to Whites, in the little bike-rack in the foreground. I was going to joke "hey look he got a friend, NO TOUCHING" then forgot about it).

20 minutes ago: Holy fuck. Yes I zoomed in, but c'mon, this is NOT just some small fire.

02:28 - ok I think I got control back over my knees. When I leaped for the phone to call 999 I almost fell over, as my legs were all wobbly and shaky.

02:36 - They're still there. They've got little yellow boxes/cameras set up on tripods, now - I guess they're monitoring for hotspots? At least the sound of the fire engine's pumps has gone now, because that was seriously unnerving me. I'm not sure what it was about it, it was just such an odd sound. :\

02:50 - I probably ought to TRY and get some sleep. I don't think it's going to happen though.
03:00 - they've took their little cameras down now. I guess they're happy it's safe.
03:19 - Fire brigade has gone. There's two people standing there now just kinda... staring into the carport. I wonder if it was their car? They're just stood there. :( *sad*

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muffins_of_god
Jan. 7th, 2011 02:03 am (UTC)
O_o What the fuck?
keaalu
Jan. 7th, 2011 02:39 am (UTC)
Tell me about it. *hides in corner*
steelwing
Jan. 7th, 2011 02:34 am (UTC)
HOLY CRAP, FIRE. I am glad that it didn't spread. Glad you are okay. I wonder what caused it?
keaalu
Jan. 7th, 2011 02:43 am (UTC)
Yeah, it spreading was what I was worried about, as the gap between the garage and the flats next to it is pretty small. That and my immediate thought when I saw it, which was "ohmygod there's people living above that!" I was so relieved it was "just" a garage. :(

My money would be on "some little bastard with a box of matches" re: cause.
bluebirdsoaring
Jan. 7th, 2011 03:39 am (UTC)
Stay safe and watch out for the firebug!! Scary indeed!
keaalu
Jan. 10th, 2011 08:14 am (UTC)
Thanks. ^_^ My paranoia is also thankfully starting to tone down, now, too. ¬_¬
dragonheadthing
Jan. 7th, 2011 04:10 am (UTC)
Ouch. Not a way to start your morning.
keaalu
Jan. 7th, 2011 08:25 am (UTC)
Definitely. :( Especially as I only got... 2 hours sleep as a consequence?
jill_dragon
Jan. 7th, 2011 05:33 am (UTC)
Wow that's frightening, especially when you look at how close the buildings are in your photo. I live in a region where fire is a huge danger every summer so I totally understand your fear. *hugs*

Is it weird that I feel a bit sorry for the car? Transformers, what have you done to me?!
keaalu
Jan. 7th, 2011 08:24 am (UTC)
*nods* I remember seeing your photos. I don't think I could live somewhere like that, to be honest, I'd spend 75% of my life completely paranoid and OCD. O_o

(I think I was too wound up to think anything but "ohgod" for three hours after I called 999, but I know what you mean. XD)
garedeuropa
Jan. 7th, 2011 09:54 am (UTC)
Bloody hell.

(Surprised it took the fire brigade 20 minutes to get there. When I was in primary school we had it drilled into us that the fire brigade is never more than 9 minutes away.)
keaalu
Jan. 10th, 2011 08:11 am (UTC)
Well, it probably wasn't actually much more than 10 minutes - the times on my "updates" weren't that accurate. XD I phoned at about 1:40, and they were here just after I posted this. (My desktop is in a different room, which faces the opposite direction to my kitchen, I was running back and forth between kitchen and the study. ¬_¬)
(Anonymous)
Jan. 10th, 2011 06:55 am (UTC)
Pawprints - Post a comment
an excellent example of standing material
keaalu
Jan. 10th, 2011 08:12 am (UTC)
Re: Pawprints - Post a comment
Haha what the hell does this even mean

Are we talking concrete hard standing or what
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