Cheese fire round up

Until this year, I’d never heard of cheese fires, but in January this story captured my heart and now I go through phases where I can’t think of anything except cheese fires. And lo, there have been two in the last month since the Norway cheese tunnel disaster.

3 Women Start Cheese Plant Fire in Effort to Kill Man.”

One of the women got into an argument with an unidentified man that escalated to a physical altercation, Turlock police Officer Mayra Lewis told the newspaper. The man then climbed into the plant’s rafters in an attempt to escape.

The women then allegedly started the fire “knowing that the victim was in the rafters,” Lewis said.

Cheese Factory Catches Fire in Middle of Montreal’s Poutine Week.”

The smell of burned cheese lingered in the air following Sunday’s cheese factory fire southeast of Ottawa. With the blaze went Canada’s gold standard of cheese curds.

Just days in to Montreal’s inaugural Poutine Week, a celebration of the quintessentially Canadian dish, the blaze gutted the St-Albert Cheese Factory, a 118-year-old dairy co-operative believed to be Canada’s second-biggest producer of cheese curds, a vital ingredient in poutine.

There were worries about how the fire would affect Montreal’s celebration of the French-Canadian dish, but the organization says it will rebuild.

Cheese fire round up

What would you take from your burning house?

The Burning House is a Tumblr asking people what they’d take out of their burning house.

If your house was burning, what would you take with you? It’s a conflict between what’s practical, valuable and sentimental. What you would take reflects your interests, background and priorities. Think of it as an interview condensed into one question.

The photos of future-rescued items are poignant and haunting in a way, possibly mostly because the early submissions are from photographers and designers… I’ve definitely spent a lot of time thinking about what I’d take from my burning house, and it’s mostly “grab the cat”. Of course I don’t have a good back up for my computer, so I’d want to grab that, and hell, why not, the hard drives. Looking through 4 pages of The Burning House, there’s only one cat, which means people were being artsy instead of serious or they don’t have cats.

I actually went through The Burning House experience about 10 years ago (a story which I still really need to put on here because it’s awesome). I brought my computer and NOTHING else, not even the charger.

Via Derek and Buzzfeed

What would you take from your burning house?

Fire alarm in the office

It’s pouring rain out and has been for the last 2 days. The fire alarm went off about an hour and a half ago. We all went out for 20 minutes, got soaked, and then they told us we could go back in, but the alarm “wouldn’t reset for 15 more minutes.” It went on for another 55 minutes. Jon made a video of office antics so you can get a taste of what it was like. I’m the one with tissue in my ears. It worked.

Fire alarm in the office