- Jan 31, 2016
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Oddly enough I had a dream at the weekend (Sunday night I think) where I was trapped in a fiercely burning high rise building, looking down at the ground below and deciding whether to jump or stay and take my chances; I woke up before I reached a decision. I've never been in a high rise block in my life so no idea what prompted it. Then last night while driving to work for nighshift I saw a big column of acrid black smoke from the motorway which set me idly remembering the dream and I was still thinking about it as gazed up at a cluster of tower blocks as I filled my car up at the petrol station near my work in Springburn, Glasgow. It seems every time I'm on nightshift recently there has been some disaster or another - I watched Manchester, London Bridge and now this all unfold live overnight on Sky News which is permanently on the telly at work. What was most shocking for me were the scenes around 03:30 when the whole building was ablaze from bottom to top, with flames visible in almost every window. And behind each of those windows is someone's home. I hope those trapped didn't suffer for long.I had a nightmare last night about a fire in a block of flats in London. I told my wife about the dream at 08.00am (07.00 British time) this morning. I checked the BBC news app for the first time today at 10.30 and read about this. The cause was different in my dream but I still felt a shiver down my spine when I read the headline. I'll post about it in What did you dream last night?
This fire is very grim indeed and I am sure the number of deaths will be far higher than in any similar events we've seen in the past due to the large sleeping population of the block at the time of the incident and the speed at which the flames and smoke moved. Things will become even more grim as the search for bodies gets underway and then the block will have to be demolished as there is no chance it will be rebuilt after such a devastating fire. No doubt this terrible event will become a case study for architecture and civil engineering students of the future.