Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: Small Planet out in Space
Fire Flood Or Blood,,,,guess which one i dealt with today........
I forgot to post this today after work...
Well as some of you PT'ers know i work at an Apartment complex,,and some of you know ive been away from work for 3 weeks due to that incident with my arm.
So the start of a new week brought me this.
Our boss tells us the only emergencies are Fire Flood Or Blood.
And today we had one.
I got a call on the radio,,a tenant called the office to say that they had lit a fire in the fire place and that the APT was filling up with smoke.
What the office told me scared me.......
We had work done on the roof earlier in the day and the roofers took part of the chimminey off and covered it with plywood and a few plastic tarps.
Including the flutes.
So when i get to the APT,i knock on the door and get no answer...i do this for 5 min before i call the office on the radio and ask for a key to be brought to me as i did not want to leave the APT.So i get a key and enter only to find it is pitch black inside...
So i cover my mouth and run inside to do a search for bodies.
No one is home,,but the fire is raging something fierce in the fireplace....and coming up the mantle as it has no place else to go because the flutes are blocked.
So i radio my boss and give him a 5 second detail on the situation,,he tells me to hit it with water,,i said to much fire..
So i run outside and break the glas with my hand for the exhuigisher <SP> and run back indoors.
by this time another maintanance guy is on scene and we go together to the fire place..i laid that fire down with a fury in about 3 min and got it out,,,by this time im getting more smoke as im putting it out....
I could not see....i was scared,yet excited to.
So the alarms are going off,,smoke flowing out of the windows,i manage to get outside,,mainly due to the fact that i do know the layouts of all the units so it was not really a problem.
I saved the APT,though it has heavy smoke damage i was taken into the office and was thanked for my fast thinking,,yet stupid.
I finished my work day repairing the damage to the tarps and plywood on the ceiling and blowing out the unit with fans,,,The walls are dark grey with smoke.Soot over everything,,the apartment was just destroyed with ash and smoke stains,,but it is livable.
So i keept a whole building from burning down...do i feel different??
Hell yes i do..it kicked my ass.Im tired.drained..no energy from the rush of adrenalin from opening that door.
i had to shower twice to remove the smoke smell..and i still can smell it in my work clothes even though i washed them.
maybe i should have let it burn.......
what do you think?
have you ever been in a situation like this before?
i dont feel like a "hero" or anything else for saving the unit.
I was doing my job.
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