Fifty-plus minutes, a house on fire and a whole lot of smoke from the City

13 February 2020 - 08:00 By Alex Patrick
The house next door as we waited for help to arrive.
The house next door as we waited for help to arrive.
Image: Alex Patrick

Our neighbours’ house burned down last week.

A lightning rod and brick chimney still stand defiant above a white garden wall, the remnants of what I imagine was a happy family home. But the thatch roof and everything that was beneath it is ash.

Things would have been very different if a fire engine had arrived on time.

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