Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Neighborhood News, Part 2
I walked past the scene of the fire yesterday morning on my way to work. From the looks of things, flames and smoke pretty much demolished the interior of at least two buildings. Finchley Road was still entirely closed to traffic, which is no small thing, because it's a major artery through North London.
(By the way, when I said in my last post that this fire was "around the corner" from us, that was an oversimplification. It's probably about half a mile away.)
Spectators were gathered on a raised sidewalk across the street, right above one of the connection points for the fire hoses, to watch the firefighters at work. They were still spraying hot spots with water.
The last I heard, the fire is believed to have started in one of the shops on the ground floor. Fortunately no one was seriously injured. In our neighborhood, at least, traffic seemed to be more or less back to normal last night and the smoky smell had dissipated. This morning it's raining, so that ought to clear the air further.