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Monday, April 22, 2013

What Will You Do?

So this happened last week.. i think it was thursday.. we were having lunch at the hawker centre when we heard this hissing sound which sounded like it came from the 1st stall of the row (we were 3 stalls away).. we looked over and saw the worker there had a worried look and immediately thought it was a gas leak.. but we also had doubts since the sound was quite loud to be a gas leak.. and a few seconds later, there was a loud bang and we knew we were right.. at that point  the worker ran inside to perhaps tried to turn off the gas.. some staff eating nearby started to get up and was ready to leave.. then a few seconds later, a fire broke out and people started to panic.. with the amount of gas that leaked, based on the hissing sound, we assumed that an explosion could be big.. so we started to walk away... then other people started to ran away... the aunty in charge of the stall tried to put out the fire.. her worker already ran out.. some ppl also tried to take the fire hose but water came out or something.. i think i saw a man giving the no sign, probably because hosing down the fire with water isn't suitable for a gas leak.. then another guy got the fire extinguisher and put out the fire.. all these while ppl were starting to run away (even those from upstairs) but at the same time, kept their eyes on the stall.. us being humans, we're still curious to know and see what happens next despite the danger.. 

then later, it got me thinking.. that could consider being a dangerous situation, yet not many ppl react the way we'd normally think.. i mean not a lot of ppl tried to help put the fire out.. i could say maybe there were 5 ppl who did tried or at least was brave enough to stand near and in front of the stall and did something... the rest just fled.. imagine if everyone was like that.. everyone fled and no one had the guts to put the fire off, i'm sure there will be a huge explosion what with the other nearby stalls also getting caught on fire and with their own gas tank.. and how about the stalls upstairs, kedai air abang nan tu.. i'm not sure if enough warning was given to them (or maybe because they knew things will get under control).. 

and then i thought, what if the hawker really caught on fire and exploded, do we evacuate the building? we have a fire drill at least once a year.. i'm assuming those are for occasions when the building itself caught on fire or other serious things.. then we'd assemble at our evacuation point.. but if the hawker exploded, it's not exactly our building but it's so near to us.. and do we go to the same evacuation point? cuz to get there, we need to walk near the hawker center, which i think might not be safe for anyone.. some question that might be best posed to the fire department of the bank (or whatever department u call it)

so i'm kinda wondering.. if u were in a situation like that, what will u do? will u be one of those brave souls and try to help or will u fled?

i should've taken a pic or film some right? but i was too busy running away hehehehe