I'm sitting in my room when I hear that a house on my block is on fire. The neighbor's 3 houses down is aflame. I can see it perfectly from my balcony, it's less than 100m away. 2 minutes after I start watching I see a fire truck pull up. In 30 minutes they calm much of the flames but it's still not over. The house is a fairly large dual unit, with a firewall separating the two units. The far side is on fire, the opposite has smoke coming out of every crack in the roof, but nothing happening upstairs or downstairs. It looks like the house is empty. I wonder will it be saved. Back on the other side there's less flames now but still some visible. A second fire truck now, water being poured, tons of steam rising up. The cloud of smoke spreads across the valley and covers some part of the town sky.
I could have taken some incredible pictures of the smoke rising up but I wasn't in the mood. I don't even know if these people are home, last thing I saw they were fixing up the house. Maybe I'll have a look tomorrow morning on my way to work. I think I'll feel guilty for taking pictures of someone's tragedy though.