Fire is that force and factor which has greatly contributed to the development of human civilization. It has helped man in many ways. It helps him to run factories, cook food and keep his home warm. It is man’s enemy also. It destroys houses, shops and lives. It is both a blessing and a curse.
Last night I was lying fast asleep. A noise suddenly woke me up. I opened the window of my room. I looked into the street. I saw many people running towards one direction. They were carrying buckets full of water. I opened the door of the house and came out. I found that the house of one of our neighbour had caught fire.
The owner of the house and all the members of his family were standing in the street. They were standing as a helpless lot. The people were trying to pull out their household things. They were throwing water and sand on the fire. They were trying to control the fire in every possible way. The flames were rising high. In the mean while the fire brigade reached there. The firemen fought bravely and brought the fire under control in half an hour.
Fortunately there was no loss of life. But there was a big loss of property. All the furniture was reduced to ashes. The doors and windows of the house were burnt. No food, no clothes could be saved. All the neighbours came forward to the rescue of the family. They contributed substantially for the relief of the family. Later on it was found that the cause of fire was short-circuiting.