Fighting Fire

Fire fire everywhere! It was a regular school day, snack was finished and we were teaching class 4. We had no idea what was happening until the kids ran out of class screaming “Fire! Fire!” Yes, it was a fire coming from a nearby village, very quickly.

We all gathered and Genla explained to us the action plan. During this time, we sent all the younger kids to sit on the field away from the fire, so that they would not get hurt.

We ran to get all the buckets and jute sacks in our community. Some went to cut grass to make a boundary between us and the fire. Within half an hour it crossed the road and reached our campus.

We decided to burn our own fire boundary, so some stood around with buckets of water and wet sacks, while others cut grass and lit it on fire. Unfortunately it was very windy and our own fire got out of control. There was smoke and ashes everywhere, and the smoke burned our eyes and lungs. Because of the huge flames, some of us got burned eyebrows and singed hair. It was nothing serious! All hair is growing back now. :)

We really must appreciate everybody who helped, especially the kids who were super brave. In fact, they weren’t scared – they were excited! After 3 1/2 hours, we beat the fire! But we were too late to greet our special guest from Italy – Patricia.

On the other side of the road, the fire was still burning, so the boys stayed up to patrol, just in case. By morning, even that fire had died, and we were happy. But now, all the land around us is black, but it will grow greener and better when the rain comes again.

Every story has a happy ending!

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9 Responses to Fighting Fire

  1. Laurel Lhowe says:

    Thank goodness you are all safe and there is no damage to the buildings. I hope the village faired as well. Great disguise for the boys with the sooty faces!

  2. Beezy says:

    Thanks for working so hard, and so effectively,to control the fire and keep it from damaging Jhamtse Gatsal’s buildings! There’s never a dull moment at Gatsal, is there.

  3. Sumit says:

    Good job everyone! It must have been a good lesson for everyone in crisis management. I wish I was there with you all.

  4. WOW – that’s very frightening! So glad it turned out well and was a good lesson for the kids. What happened to the village and the people who live there? From the looks of that fire, it looks like the village would have been destroyed.

  5. Mark Foley says:

    Wow, that’s a bit scary. The photo’s of the close call are amazing. Great work and bravery at it’s finest.

  6. HeatherB says:

    Never a dull moment, indeed! I don’t think any of the nearby villages have had too much trouble. It’s actually been a very fiery, smoky, dry end to our winter. LOTS of fires all around us. But as far as I know they move through pretty quickly, just burning up dry brush. You can see in one of the pictures that the little house along the road right below the JG guesthouse did burn to the ground (no one was living in it, thankfully). Pretty crazy, eh?

  7. Jerry says:

    Everything is a lesson, and what a great lesson for the children. What a great blessing that you got it under control. Bravo

  8. Julia says:

    And to think this time a year ago it was monsoon-like. Never a dull moment, indeed! Thankful everyone is safe.

  9. sabyasachi says:

    OMG !! hope all are fine at your end now…

    great teamwork nevertheless

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