A HOUSE ON FIRE
Points: Fire broke out in a big house – The cause of the fire. At this time a strong wind was blowing – The neighbors tried to control the fire. Soon the fire brigade arrived – The whole house was burnt to ashes – Much loss of property – An act of heroism displayed by a man.
It was on the 7th of November that a fire broke out in a big house. The house was situated in one of the most crowded lanes of the city. It had three storey’s and many rooms. It is said that about six families were occupying this house.
The fire started on the second floor, and soon spread to all parts, of the building. Many causes were given for the outbreak of the fire. One gentleman said that the fire had been left burning in the fire-place, near which was lying a piece of cloth. The piece of cloth caught fire, and burnt for a while. Afterwards a pile of wood, which was also lying near caught fire. The fire which had at first been a tiny flame developed into a big blaze. It touched the rafters of the roof, and gradually spread over the windows and other parts of the house. The worst thing was a strong wind blowing at that time. This fanned the flames till the houses in the neighborhood also came very near catching the fire.4essay.blogspot.com
At that time cries of lamentation went up from the house. Babies screamed, women wailed, and men shouted for help. Some neighbors were very good, and tried to bring the fire under control at once. The fire brigade soon arrived, and was able to get the flames down in about an hour and a half.
Much damage was done to the building. Most of it was nothing but a heap of ashes, but some parts of it escaped utter destruction. The inhabitants of the house also lost much. Their clothes and furniture were burnt to ashes, and much valuable property had been lost. The whole loss was estimated at five million rupees. It is said that the building was not insured against fire. If that had been done, the owner would have been able to recover his loss.4essay.blogspot.com
While the house was on fire, one gentleman showed much courage. It is true that all the inmates were able to escape with much difficulty. But one boy was reported to be missing. He was about thirteen years old, and was reading in a school. All his people became very anxious when they found that he had not been rescued from the fire. At this a gentleman, who was a P.T.I, in a school, made up his mind to save him from there flames. The way in which he scaled the burning walls of the house was very remarkable. Many a time he was very near being burnt to death, but he avoided the fire with much cleverness. At last he reached the second storey of the building. He found that cries were coming from one of the rooms. He went inside that room, and found the boy in much distress. The sight of this gentleman filled the boy with hope, and he at once rushed towards him. The teacher carried him on his back. It was wonderful how he climbed down the wall again. As he came down in the street everybody felt very happy, and the parents thanked him again and again.