GOSH! Can you believe it?!?! All these while we’ve been getting false fire alarms, At least it’s not as frequent as what I heard from many people. It’s only once in a while and they’re all false ones. This time… It’s for real!
This morning, before 5am I heard people going down the staircase non-stop, usually it’s not like that, would just hear it on and off. Then, I heard the fire alarm from the other part of the building too. As usual, we all would think that it’s false alarm because it’s been way too many false ones and people are getting immune to it. Finally, the alarm in my apartment went off too. Since I’m living at the very corner unit next to the fire exit of 1st floor, by the time the alarm reaches my place, not long later it will stop if it’s false alarm. I decided to go to the window and look out to see whether there’s anything amiss but everything seemed normal and went back to bed. Thank goodness! It stopped. Thought I could go back to sleep but who knows it started after few minutes of peace.
I still ignored it, trying to get back to sleep, after about 15 minutes later then I thought I might as well go to the toilet then go back to sleep, I opened my room’s door and I smelt smoke in our living room! OMG! This time it’s not false alarm! I quickly knocked on my housemate’s door and told her I smelt smoke and we should go down a.s.a.p.
Instead of going to the toilet, I went straight down with my jacket and my bathroom slippers! -.-” Wore the wrong slippers. Brought my phone along. I switched it on while going down the staircase(good thing I’m living on the first floor) and I received non-stop SMS telling me that my friend who lived on the 12th floor called me. I think there’s 11 missed call SMSes from her. She wanted to tell me to get out of the apartment a.s.a.p because it’s real alarm, not false one but couldn’t get through my phone as I usually switch off my phone when I sleep.
Left: Took the photo with my phone while waiting.
Right: Waiting to go back up.
Finally, when I was outside, I was shivering, it’s extremely cold! It’s dawn and that’s usually the time the temperature plummeted. GOSH! Even smelt the smell of the smoke from outside. Don’t play play wei! It’s real fire this time! If not mistaken there’s 3 fire engines. My friend finally got tru’ my phone and was asking me where I was and so on. She told me, “don’t ever switch off your phone when you’re sleeping! I was so worried!” I asked her what actually happened, she said that she smelt the smoke in her room and fire alarm went off too. She immediately fleed her apartment and thought of me and wanted to tell me it’s real fire alarm and it’s not the usual joke we got.
WOW! The whole building smelt of smoke. Was out in the cold for about 45 minutes. At about 6am, we were allowed to go back up. The only way to go back up is with the lifts and there’s only 2 lifts. Can imagine so many people staying here, it’s going to be a chaos to go back up but luckily the staff there got a good idea, 1-6 floor use one lift and 7-13 use another lift. So many people actually came out without bringing their keys with them so they’re locked out of their apartment. It’s going to be a lot of work for the staff to open the doors for them.
IDIOT! What the hell you’re thinking by starting a fire in the the garbage chute at fricking dawn?!?! That’s what we heard, the fire started from the garbage chute that’s why everyone in the building smelt the smoke and sent all the tenants fleeing out of the building in a winter dawn.
Finally got back into my room and slept. My very first experience with real fire alarm in a cold winter dawn. So misrable.