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Smoke on the Water

May 29, 2012 3 comments

What with one thing and another, I completely forgot to put this photo up on my blog yesterday…

We were both woken up yesterday morning at about 3.45am by a repeating alarm coming from the other side of the river: very loud and rather worrying. So after opening the curtains and seeing a huge pall of smoke drifting across our development, accompanied by an acrid smell of burning plastic, I got up, got dressed and walked to the river bank to see if it was anything we should be getting worried about.

As it turned out, the fire was in a building next to a large chemical store over on the Greenwich Peninsular, which by law has to have an alarm. Some one told And at work, that the siren was an old one left over from the war, although I’m not sure which one (the Cold one maybe) but it certainly had a dated wailing, up and down sound that was very distracting so early in the morning…

Anyway 12 engines and 60 firefighters soon arrived and by 7.00am I had fallen back to sleep and the fire was under control…

But as you can just about tell from my photo, the sky looking due east at 4.20am yesterday morning was a pretty impressive sight. In fact so much so, we might have to get up this early again another day and go for a walk along the Thames at dawn…

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