Yesterday afternoon, I smelled smoke in the street but I couldn’t figure out where it was coming from. But today, when I went grocery shopping in the morning, I realized most streets a block away from my parents’ place were blocked with dozens of fire trucks, and that firefighters were working hard.
I don’t read local news and I was the only one puzzled (and half-asleep) in the crowd of bystanders. Apparently, a fire in a restaurant had started on Sunday and was still going strong. Add to that the fact that the restaurant was in a semi-underground mall between to pedestrian streets and you’ve got a recipe for disaster.
Thankfully, there were no victims but the streets are still blocked a day later and the fire isn’t completely contained yet.