• a reddish glow in a distance.• Without hesitation, he sprinted as fast as his legs could carry him to the scene.• greeted his eyes.• engulfed in thick, choking smoke!• Black smoke was billowing from the burning flat.• As the flame rose higher, Tom found himself gasping for fresh air. His eyes were smarting and nostrils burning from the acid smoke.
• For a moment, his mind went blank. The roar of the fire shook him out of his daze greeted his eyes.• whipped out his mobile phone• burning inferno. The blazing hot golden flames engulfed everything in its path• Thick black and fluffy columns of smoke billowed out of the windows.
• ear-busting scream echoed through the air.• trembled like a leaf.• face turned as pale as a sheet• In the nick of time• evacuated the occupants of nearby flats safely.• The police quickly cordoned off the area• long snake-like hoses and sprayed water at the raging flames• a skilful monkey• coaxed the old woman into the safety platform. Tom held his breath throughout the entire episode.
• heaved a sigh of relief the raging fire under control.• The fire was gradually reduced to smouldering embers.• sooty-faced survivor, the old woman, looked wistfully at the charred remains• Fire was indeed a good servant but a bad master!