I had never seen a house on fire. So, one evening when I heard the roar of fire engines rushing past my house, I quickly ran out and a few streets away joined a large crowd of people.
But the police did not allow anyone to go near the building on fire. What a terrible scene I saw that day! Huge flames of fire were coming out of each floor and black and thick smoke spread all around.
Every now and then tongues of fire would shoot up almost sky-high, sending huge sparks of fire all around Three fire engines were engaged in putting out the fire by pouring water over it.
The rushing water from several houses soaked the building, but it did not seem to have any effect on the flames. Thereafter firemen stretched upwards a huge ladder structure and I could see some fireman climbing up with hoses in their hands.
On reaching almost the top of the ladder, they began to pour floods of water on the topmost part of the building. The continuous flooding brought the fire under control but the building had by then been completely destroyed.