(Closed) Helped stop an apartment fire–cant stop shaking

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Post # 3
6511 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

Oh my goodness, how scary!  First of all, don’t beat yourself up for not grabbing it immediately – the fact that your remembered at all in such a crazy situation is amazing.  Secondly, take all the time you need to recover – that is a serious thing!  Most of all, you ARE a hero 🙂  Thank you for being so selfless and brave!

Post # 4
7638 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

You did really, really, well and are a hero!

p.s. I wouldn’t have known how to use it immediately either! so don’t beat yourself up over that. The point is you acted, and were a huge help, you did really well.

Post # 5
3580 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Awwwww, you’re a hero!! Time for a glass of wine and a bath for you, my dear!

Post # 6
14492 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

You prob have some slight shock, but YOU GO GIRL! That was so brave. Knowing you had a condition, and you thought about others first. You did something incredibly selfless. A hero, you may have saved live by quick thinking.

Post # 7
5295 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1993

I think that’s completely normal to feel like that – you had to be running under a hell of an adrenaline rush! It’s easy to get wrapped up in what you could have done differently – but think of what you did right. You got 911 called right away, you alerted neighbors so they could get to safety, and you had your FH grab the fire extinguisher. 

You did really great! I’m sure your neighbor’s insurance will cover the damage, and in any case, his inattentiveness is not your guilt to bear. 

You should be really proud of yourself!

Post # 8
5295 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1993

And if it makes you feel any better, a few months ago I was on my way to the gym after work. I was stuck in a turn lane when a crash happened right in front of me. Someone decided to go left in front of me, not being able to see the lane they were crossing. Just as I saw them go, a car whizzed by me on the other side – and completely broadsided the turning car. The sound of the horns, glass shattering, and nasty crunching was awful!

Luckily no one was hurt……..but I then proceeded to make not one, but THREE wrong turns on my way to the gym. I kept thinking about how bad that could have been and I just felt so flustered inside. 

I ended up skipping the gym and going home 🙂 And I wasn’t saving lives and property like you!

Post # 9
9916 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

You acted quickly and did the right thing.  Most people have their own fire extinguishers, so while it may have saved SOME damage had you brought it immediately, you might have arrived to see someone with one anyway.  Don’t beat yourself up about that!  Now I want to go look at our fire extinguisher to read the directions…


If you don’t feel physically better soon, you might want to consider going to the hospital.  You are probably in shock, and you might gain some benefit from medical attention — especially since you have asthma.


But the most important thing is that you didn’t stand back and watch — you acted!  And that is awesome.  

Post # 11
4044 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

That is so scary! I am so glad you made it out and the important thing is that lives were saved, that is more important than apt damage!!

Good for you, you did a great thing and tried to help, if it wasn’t perfect, guess what you are not a trained professional, just an average person who did somethign heroic and did a good job of it! * big hug*

Post # 13
5295 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1993

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@sheepandbear:  it wasn’t nearly as traumatic as an apartment fire, and luckily the speeds weren’t full highway speed – it was like 40 mph, but it was really scary, and like I said, it really shook me up. I couldn’t manage to drive a route I’d taken hundreds of times!

Post # 14
2214 posts
Buzzing bee

Wow, you’re so amazing for doing what you did! It’s a crazy situation and not remembering the extinguisher is completely understandable! And you should be patting yourself on the back for remembering eventually unless his whole apartment would be lost! You did an amazing thing. Also, depending on how much smoke you inhaled, you may want to get your throat/lungs checked out by a doctor. Smoke inhalation can be nasty.

Post # 15
1092 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

First off… I applaud your swift action of not just calling 911 but sprang into action to warn everyone and go back for the fire extinguisher. Your first thought was not thinking of your health or how damaging the smoke could be to your asthma. The main concern was for others safety and that is a very unselfish act.

Second… You’re still in shock. Your adrenaline was at an all time high and will probably take some time to come down. Please stop beating yourself up for not thinking of getting the extinguisher first. You had no idea how big the fire was, where it was exactly and alerting people was your first thought. You definately had a “Fight or Flight” responce where the natural judgment system is also turned down and more primitive responses take over–this is a time for action rather than deep thought. This is a natural responce and many people who experience something like this react the same way you did.

Third… Breathe!!!!! Have a drink, maybe 2 and try to relax. If your hair still smells like smoke try making a paste of baking soda and shampoo. Wet your hair, lather, rinse and condition as normal. The mixture will strip the smell away but only use if your hair isn’t color treated.

Lastly.. Good job girl! I hope I have a neighbor like you if something like that happens here.

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