After a full day of classes we were relaxing at home when i started hearing a "whoosh!" sound from outside. I think i said, "uho.... That sounds like a huuuge fire". mandy looked out the window and saw tall flames licking the trees behind our neighbors house about 50 ft. away. I went outside to find about 200 boys and teachers running around in chaos. The flames were moving along the hedge and getting dangerously close to our all wooden bus garage.
We haven't had rain in weeks and it is quite dry. A few boys had fire extinguishers from our lab but they quickly finished and they didn't know how to really use them. Other boys were running to and from water tanks with water. At first i didn't know what to do, but finally set out emptying every tap in our house into pots, pans, and buckets. For a few minutes i thought we were losing, but all of the sudden it was out and we were all left breathing smoke.
Much to our amazement, about 10 minutes later our local red cross showed up to take over and check for medical problems. They were very organized.
After the smoke settled, it came out that one of the teachers' families on the compound lit some trash near the dry hedge and didn't watch it.
Anways... Wish i took pictures, but i was a bit busy at the time. I'll post more about our trip to Egypt soon.