I just have to walk past a few trees to start a forest fire. Ha!
I was walking past a local park, (Beacon Hill Park) and saw some smoke puffing up beyond some shubbery. I thought it was likely just someone smoking a joint ('tis the west coast after all).
Getting closer however, it became more than just a bit of smoke. A cyclist noticed it too and we looked at each other... 'that's beyond a cigarette, isn't it?'
He called 911, me giving the location as he wasn't familiar with the city. And so we waited and watched the smoke getting thicker. Of course my crap photography skills couldn't really pick this up very well:
Within seconds I heard sirens as the fire hall was literally around the corner. We pointed to where the flames were to the on-coming fire trucks, sat back and watched (as you do).
They put out the fire... yippy! But a lot of the area got scorched pretty good. Question for Neil: what do you think will grow well here now?
An hour later, I'm walking home and hear more sirens... I look down the street and see this:
Another fire! I'm just that hawt! ;-)
A second floor flat... completely gutted but fortunately contained and no one was hurt. If you squint and use a lot of imagination you can see smoke going up the left side of the building.
I had to laugh when I was 'leaving the scene'... fire prevention division. Where the fuck have you been all day?