塩江で火事が行った! – Fire in Shionoe

Last night there was a massive fire at a warehouse in my town, big news for a town of 3500 people…

All the houses in this town have some little box on the on wall that will read town news every day and it also serves as an emergency warning, apparently. So at 1am last night, this thing goes off and I have no idea what is going on, it was in japanese and I couldn’t really tell what they were dealing with.  Directly across the street from me is the police station, So I thought I would go and ask in person.  I go, bring my camera, and get there.  No one there, the 1 guy is obviously tending to the crisis.  But on the positive side, I got a couple pics…

1. There was a gecko there.  Not a great pic, but I couldn’t get him to come out, so it will have to do.

2. There were a ton of massive praying mantises.  I’ve never seen them this big.  I couldnt even pull it off the glass door without fear of killing it.

So then, it was clear that there was a major issue, so I hopped in my car and tried to find where some firetrucks and ambulances had gone.  I didn’t see any, and then I gave up.   So I’m driving back to my appartment and realize that there are more trucks coming towards me.  I also realize they are in the same lane as me.  My final and conclusive realization was that I was driving on the wrong side of the road, american style.  I felt pretty cool… so then I turn around, and follow them all the way to the fire.  It was about 10km away, but I got there and there were about 20 or more emergency vehicles, and a million firefighters all taking on this big ol warehouse.  The cloud of smoke was extreme and lit up by spotlights, and thr bottom was a bright orange glow.  I was able to take a pic from a distance that showed this to some extent.

When I realized I could get as close as I wanted, I went all the way over there.  There was a wall around the place, so I couldn’t see the firefighting action per se, but most of the flame had been taken care of by the time I got close.  But the smoke was still billowing to the extreme.  All the fire trucks were just pumping water right out of the rivers, that was pretty cool.  I’ve never been so close to this sort of thing before, and never while happening. It’s always been aftermath.  I couldn’t believe how many firefighters they were able to find at such a crazy time in the middle of nowhere.

quick vid survey of the scene

I’m sure that people were wondering what the heck this foreigner was doing there, at that time, in the middle of nowhere.  This was well past the places that I teach, and into territory I’ve never been around before.

Anyway, I made my way home, feeling good, and then did some sleep.

Sorta big news for a small town, and when I told the other teachers that I had been there, they were really surprised.

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