17 A Story of One Fire

A Story of One Fire

Posted on February 14, 2007 by


This is a story of one fire which happened in a town near Moscow. There are a lot of such wooden houses all over Russia. These houses are for a few families and you may say only poor people live there but it’s a big fraction of Russian families still live in such wooden old houses, without a hot water and gas supply.

And also if somebody is getting on fire then all the house is risking to be burned to ashes. Also according to the comments you would be able to see how fast are Russian firemen.

On the picture above you can see the start of the fire. None seem to care – none sees the fire so probably nothing special is going on, maybe some cooking.


6 minutes passed. Now one can see some fire. Seems that it is a fire going on. We need to call the fire squad.

7 minutes. The room is on fire. People think about taking out the people that might be inside.

9 minutes. People try to save the expensive electrical appliances from another room. Somebody brought the fire extinguisher but gave up using it.

16 minutes. The second store and the attic are already on fire. Where are the firemen could you wonder but  None wonders from these people, they know they shouldn’t wait for fire squad so fast.

21 minutes passed. Somebody brought a guy from the burning room, he is poisoned with smoke, felt down and got some trauma.

22 minutes. Half of the building is on fire. Where are the firemen?

23 minutes. Fire is going on.

27 minutes. Here they are.

But they are out of water. Now they try to find the source for water. There are no street fire hydrants in Russia so they try to get water source in nearby buildings.

36 minutes passed. They try their best but still can’t to shut down the fire.

48 minutes. It’s getting better.

51 minutes passed. Ambulance arrives to evacuate the guy and maybe others who was affected by fire.

1 hour 30 minutes. Now more fire brigades arrived. Probably just to see what’s up.

Really who cares about old wooden buildings.

photos by zaterannyi_mir

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17 Responses to “A Story of One Fire”

  1. Steelbud says:

    Yes, the efficiency of ambulances and fire-brigades in the smaller regions of our country leaves much to be desired.. Mostly because of outdated equipment plus huge distances to cover since russia is quite a big country :D

    • Bishop Brennan says:

      True, but one must remember that fires spread VERY quickly through wooden houses, plus the contents of the house (i.e. plastic goods, sofas, etc.) would further accelerate the fire.

  2. Vladislav Kozlov says:

    hello, my name Vladislav. I am firefighter who take care of this fire. Reason we late because in this old building lives prostitutes and drug people. We know about this so we don’t care. Plus Timofeich bring bottle of premium cognac from Armenia so we finish it first.
    God bless US and thank you for democracy to entire world. Where would we be without your democracy?

  3. Texas1 says:

    I’ve heard some real horror stories about ambulance service and health care in former USSR countries like Bulgaria. I’ve heard stories where people on hospital beds have actually been pushed out of moving ambulances because the driver didn’t want to wait in line at the hospital.

    • LEVON says:

      Bulgaria was a socialystic, yet non USSR country. Actually I have been there on 1998, and it socks!
      Now I zm in Poland wich is also a former socialystic non USSR country. some pal of mine was feeleng bed, his stommock was acking, so he went to doctors, afther a moonth of tests they figured nothing so some smatrass said, lets just open his stoomock and take a look of waht is wrong there. So they did. Though they found nothing further tests showd that it was a matter of microflora. He was adviced to eat just more yogurt.
      The reason for such dummassness is that longer doctors keep you at hospital – the more money they get from budget. I myself prefere to go to ukraine to visit a doctor. Its expenciver but safer

    • pld says:

      “former USSR countries like Bulgaria”

      The dumbest specimens of both Americans and Russians somehow seem to end up at this weblog … Guys such as you are the ones who watch movies like Hostel and then complain on message boards à la “OMG I’m never going to teh eastern europe, they eat babies there!!11!”. Great job enforcing the stereotype of the butt-ignorant American.

  4. Belarus Guy says:

    since when was Bulgaria a part of the USSR?

  5. SEFone says:

    since eastern europe was on the “other side” of the iron curtain (i´m in austria here), EMTs and paramedics in the former communist-led countries have a education other countires would only dream of. because of plan-economy and free education possibilities it was no problem to have highest standard EMS, and people who needed help, didn´t have to pay for this services.

    imagine what happens to such a system, when education, economy etc. break down. high level standards cost a hell of money (evrywhere in the world) how should the transformated countries of eastern europe afford to keep the system alive without having the money?

  6. RogerV says:

    So doesn anyone know what the final outcome was? It looks as if the entire house was a “total loss.”

  7. One says:

    You don’t know anything about peolpe who live in such houses!!!! I have been living there for all my life!!! Our neightbours are nice people, my parents and i don’t drink , smoke or drug!!!
    You must know the price of new flat in moscow! it’s impossible! my family isn’t poor! we have good car, go to another countries, we have money!

    remember! don’t tell so things about people you don’t know!!!!

  8. Scott says:

    You have internet, but no gas, or water-works? Priorities my friend…

  9. George says:

    almost seems like it’d be more worth it to just burn the house clean down and then build a new one

  10. Jude Faine says:

    Great article! I’m really curious about this. I’m curious to see what happens.By the way, have you seen any good movies lately? Don’t wait, Watch Iron Man 2 Online today!

  11. PKS says:

    > There are no street fire hydrants in Russia

    That is not true. They are everywhere. They are covered in the special manholes, however – obviously, because of climate.

  12. PKS says:

    > There are no street fire hydrants in Russia

    That is not true. They are everywhere. Though hydrants are hidden in the special manholes – obviously, because of climatic conditions.

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