So, March 25th at work we had a fire. It was fun, in my opinion. Not huge or life threatening, but enough that alarms went off and we got kicked outside and could see smoke out on the roof in the front. No one was injured, and the building was mostly fine by the end.
Now that all ideas of death and destruction are gone, I will tell you the story.
We were working away, I’d just gotten there and was setting up. The manager walked in and asked why the other girl’s desk was freaking out. We looked, and the glass jar of potpourri and white Christmas lights was winking on and off. I thought maybe her lights were going out. Then the ceiling lights began to flicker. The guys started to get weirded out and saving their stuff to shut down and unplug in case all the power went out and surged back on. Then one machine lost power, then another, and they gave up on that. Some began to leave since it was getting too weird for them. When they opened the door to our room we started to hear the alarm. A calm female voice came over the speakers saying, “A fire has been reported in the building. Please vacate the premises.” At which, they all came running back to their desks to grab what they thought was important.
I was third out the back door of the building, and we could see smoke near the front. The guys got all excited and ran around the building to see the fire. They were hoping to see an electrical box or something arcing, but it was up on the roof inside, so no luck there.
We found it funny to see what everyone had grabbed. I got my coat, backpack, internet device, and the notes for the shots I’d been working on. Our manager grabbed his nerd gun. The VFX lead got his banana out of his lunch box (like, had to open his lunch box to get to the banana and left the lunch box). Someone thought to grab a haky sack to play with, and the guy who’s been there the longest (like, almost as long as I’ve been alive) brought his throwing knives.
We had fun hanging around and watching the fire truck. All the guys were trying to get reference videos. I led one of the girls around the outside sets she hadn’t seen yet, then learned how to throw knives. I need a lot more practice, but I started managing to hit the log, and got two hits almost in the same place. The fire fighters got it under control and put the little fire out. It killed power to our part of the building, so we were out of luck the rest of the day work-wise. However, I didn’t care since that meant a lunch date with my hubby and a free afternoon to do stuff. I had fun and was productive.
It took a couple days to get the power fixed, but I had a spot in a different room where I could work. Overall I had an interesting and fun experience.
My victory picture. I got two of the three knives to hit the log, almost in the same place!