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OK so here’s what went down—part the first

March 27, 2007

Early Sunday morning at 3am I was awakened by a number of things. I didn’t really know what was happening, but in my dream there were alarms and voices and buzzers. I woke up to smoke in my room; not much, but a bit. The fire alarm in the living room was going off. Someone rang my bell.

I opened my bedroom door and there was a lot of smoke in my apartment. I ran back into my room and grabbed some socks, shoes, keys, wallet, and a zip-up sweatshirt. I was in my pajama bottoms (not a onesie, unfortunately) and a white T-shirt.

I opened the door to my apartment and the hallway was filled with smoke; many alarms were going off and someone shouted up the stairs, “Get out! Fire!” I couldn’t even see down to the second-floor landing there was so much smoke, but I just ran down anyway without really thinking much. (So much for all that grade-school fire safety training.)

On the way down I banged on the apartment door below me, yelling to get out. I busted out the front door and there were already fire trucks pulling up, or there, I forget. I sat down on the sidewalk in front of the building and pulled on my socks and shoes. One of the guys who lives below me (and whose apartment door I’d banged on) gathered up my stuff while I put on my shoes and yelled into the building, ringing the buzzers for all the apartments.

We ran across the street. The smoke—which was coming from the tire store down on the ground floor of our building—was acrid and hurt your eyes. Two or three fire trucks were there already; more—at least eight—would eventually arrive, along with the Red Cross, ambulances, cops, and passers-by.

It was cold outside; I was shivering. I had forgotten my cell phone. Ladders started to go up all around the building. I saw a kid being carried out by a fireman on a ladder from his window; on the way down it looked like he was throwing up. He got to the street and was just kind of milling around in front of the building, not looking like he knew what was going on. I went over to him.

“Are you OK, man? C’mere, come with me.”

I led him away from the building and got him some water. “Thanks.”

A crowd had already begun to gather. I forget whether or not flames were licking out of the tire store, but I think they were, as well as the apartment directly above the tire store. Firemen went to work with buzzsaws, sending up showers of sparks, on the steel grates of the tire store, from behind which thick smoke was pouring. I found the other kids from my building and we stood and watched the thing burn up.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. Jake-Freedom permalink
    March 27, 2007 9:08 pm

    Dude – that’s a hell of a story. I want to hear a more elaborate version in person sometime.

    I’m glad you didn’t burn your penis (as I’m sure Dad said).

  2. scram. permalink
    March 28, 2007 3:35 pm

    I agree with Jacob – I love you and I’m glad that you didn’t char your wiener.

    Lovehearts,
    scram

    N.B. I just realized how clear it is that Jacob and I are the little brothers.

  3. cort permalink
    March 28, 2007 4:33 pm

    I am in on the non charred vienie.

    My couch is comfy… and next door should you need to crash!

    if you need to store stuff too, our basement is available…

    xo
    c.

  4. Joe permalink
    March 28, 2007 8:01 pm

    There seems to be a genuine concern for your genitals – are you prone to damge them when danger surfaces?

    I guess I’m happy you didn’t burn it too? Sure, why not.

  5. Willie permalink
    March 28, 2007 11:02 pm

    Dammit! Once again you escape my elaborate plot to destroy your wombstick.

  6. Hunter Slaton permalink
    March 29, 2007 1:08 pm

    Guys, please — this is family blog.

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