If you look at this Youtube video of the Meadowbrook fire on April 13th, one is struck by the strange narcolepsy affecting the fire fighters. CLICK HERE
Look at minute 1:15. They walk slowly, wearily. “They seemed like they were lost people,” said a maintenance man at the project. They stood in small groups and watched as building 21 burned in front of them.
Today the building is gone; only an empty foundation remains. 22 people were homeless and have since been rehoused. The fire happened at mid afternoon on a clear day. The automatic alarms in the building triggered a call in fire headquarters. Miguel Candelaria lived in a third floor apartment with his wife and 10-year daughter. He went downstairs, and saw that the fire was in a second floor apartment. The door was open. The fire he saw and told the Daily Hampshire Gazette about was the size of “a small campfire.” He thought the firemen would make short work of it.
For a second he hesitated. Could he or should he try to put it out himself? A fire extinguisher with an up-to-date tag was there on the wall of the corridor. He called 911, and shut the door.