A large black smoke cloud rose over the neighborhood as a building caught fire in Amman earlier today. People were already on the scene with cellphones lifted up, documenting the fire and the work of the firefighters of Jordan’s Civil Defense. I was at the office talking to a colleague about a fire that happened in the office next door a couple of days ago when we noticed the smoke and heard the sirens.
I rushed down to the scene with my camera to try and capture the work being done to control the fire, which was caused by the heating system boilers at the bottom of the building. The scene was a frenzy and the firefighters were working at full speed.
As people watched by from up close, flames shot through the lower windows and everyone ran for cover, except the firefighters and me. My adrenaline was kicking in and i got closer.
The firefighters continued using foam to control the flames and the burning boilers.
Moving to the front of the building i noticed some firefighters working on clearing the first floor and making sure no one was inside.
I must say that everyone was working hard and this firefighter was helping in getting a large hose up to that floor. It’s crazy how he’s just hanging there with no support.
I went back to my first spot and tried to capture a bit more of the action on the other side of the building.
As you can see a lot of foam went into putting this fire to a sleep, i was on site for about 30 min and by the time i left they had everything in control.
One of the residents of the first floor was in distress and the police officers were trying to calm her down. I’m glad no one got injured or burned in this fire.
As I left the scene, i noticed one of the big cranes dropping personnel up on the last floor of the building. I guess they were clearing all the floors and making sure no one was trapped.
This is the first time i see the civil defense men in action up close and personal, and I was impressed with how they handled the situation at hand. They were professional and efficient. Be safe.