They were surrounding (the original fire), attacking it, in every possible way, trying to get in there every possible way, ... Put the fire out as fast as they could so to avoid something like this. But, it must have been burning longer than they were aware of. There was probably more serious fire in the basement. It was visible as they began to get inside, and it just blew up without any warning.
On Father's Day 2001, the mayor and I attended the funerals of three brave fire-fighters lost in the line of duty. I couldn't help thinking, as we were winding down our terms of office, that it was one of the saddest days I could remember, not knowing my life and the lives of those around me would change forever very soon.