As I was getting up from watching the telly, I heard a beeping sound and it was annoying. I kept asking Blaise about it but he kept saying he didn't hear it. But as I was putting together the rice to put on the stove - the beeping fire alarm started in our building.
I don't panic when the fire alarm goes off in my building. I have lived here for 15 years and the fire alarm goes off at least once a year.... usually in the late evening on either a cold and/or rainy night. Statistically speaking, it is usually nothing - someone down at the other end of the T (our building is shaped like a big T - we are all the way at the bottom/back) doing something - so I don't worry about it. Also - every other time in the 15 years that the alarm has gone off - I have gone outside, so this isn't typical behavior for me.
Our fire alarm is hardwired to the fire house and my section of the building is basically behind the fire house, do.... Anyway - I suggested that Blaise take this opportunity to go outside and have a cig and get the gossip. I stayed inside - I had 2 candles burning and a pot of rice on the stove! I also have two geriatric cats that would need rounding up if there was a fire so better to stay in then run out. Ok - I'll admit it - I was still in my PJs and I wasn't going out there unless there was a damn good reason.
Then the alarm at the firehouse went off. So I snuffed the candles and put on something I could go outside wearing (it pays to be prepared) and then took this neat photo of the fire truck when it pulled up outside my end of the building (first time in 15 years!! Usually they pull up at the T).
Blaise came back in but didn't have much in the way of gossip. Disappointing.
Either way - everyone is ok and I don't think there was any property damaged. I'm still not sure if anything actually happened!
But at this point, I want to take a moment to thank our local Fire Department. Where we live, we depend on volunteer fire departments - so its our neighbors who don their gear and come out to look after us. I'm very glad this was pretty much nothing and none of them were put in a dangerous position.
If you live in an area that depends on volunteer fire departments - don't pass up the opportunity to say things by participating in one of their fund raisers. Its how they keep geared up for our safety!
Well - the rice is finished - so time for dinner!
Have a good evening everyone!