Fire Damage is a short and disturbing true story about two young men who almost get caught in a blaze when the house they are staying in catches fire. Sometimes, it’s only during an emergency that you find out who your friends really are.
I was living in a very old house in the suburbs and one of my friends came to visit me. He was staying for four weeks and brought a lot of bags and suitcases with him. There was only one bedroom in the house, so he slept on the sofa in the front living room.
One morning, my friend burst into my bedroom yelling “Fire! Fire!”. I woke up, groggy and confused. I wasn’t sure what was going on and suspected he might be playing a prank on me.
I jumped out of bed and that’s when I felt it. The floor was extremely hot under my feet. My friend ran out into the hallway and I followed right behind. I couldn’t see the fire anywhere, but as we ran towards the front door I heard the sound of roaring and crackling all around me. The fire was inside the walls.
We ran out the front door and across the lawn. When we got to the sidewalk, I turned and looked at the house. There was thick, black smoke billowing out of the roof. We stood there for a few moments, watching as flames overtook the house.
That’s when I happened to look down and noticed that all of my friend’s bags and suitcases were neatly lined up on the sidewalk.
When he realized the house was on fire, he had taken the time to carry all of his luggage outside before he came back inside to wake me up. His bags and suitcases were more important to him than I was.
The fire had started in the basement where the furnace was and it had quickly spread up into the walls. It had been burning the entire foundation of the floor we had been standing on. The entire floor and much of the house collapsed into a fiery pit not long after we escaped.
After the firemen put out the blaze, they told us we were very lucky to be alive. If we didn’t escape from the house when we did, we would have been trapped inside.
Needless to say, we are not friends anymore.