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Just another day, yesterday: grading, a visit to Byzantium, dinner at Wagamama, seeing Doctor Atomic with C. - and the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal burning. C. was on one side of the exclusion zone, and I was on the other, which complicated meeting up for a bit.

Fire near Chancery Lane

The fire grew much worse later.


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Mar. 19th, 2009 12:41 pm (UTC)
Wow! The pictures you linked to gave me chills. Everything in London is so close together. It's amazing they were able to keep the fire under control enough to avoid that kind of spread.
Mar. 19th, 2009 01:41 pm (UTC)
Good God. Fire in London just gives me a historically-aware kind of shiver. Is it under control now?
Mar. 19th, 2009 02:04 pm (UTC)
The news tells me it was extinguished at some point today, thank goodness, and it never spread beyond the one building. C. works right nearby so may have more first-hand commentary to provide when he comes home, if there's anything still to see but wreckage.

I've been conscious of what a compact place London can frequently be. With its relatively low horizons - few skyscrapers - visibility can be for miles. This is why this is the second major fire in three years here I've happened to be in the right place to photograph. (I know, you meant 1666, but it's made me more attuned to the periodic fires since.)
Mar. 19th, 2009 04:58 pm (UTC)
I'm glad everyone seems to have made it out without injury - scary!

I'm glad you weren't in the building :)
Mar. 19th, 2009 05:48 pm (UTC)
A government building... has anyone given a political reading to the fire yet?

(And, like most days of late, I'm reading about city fires in Japan in the sources today. The fun thing is how people associated with places that burned, even if they weren't near the fire itself, could become contagious with it.)
Mar. 19th, 2009 11:09 pm (UTC)
That's a good question - you'd think it was inevitable in a building "home to the Special Immigration Appeals Commission, which decides whether potential terror suspects should be excluded from the country for national security reasons." Thus far, all the articles I've seen have at most emphasized "historic London" or fire in its "legal heartland".
Mar. 19th, 2009 07:59 pm (UTC)
I like your photo as much, if not more, than the ones posted on the BBC site. You should send it to them.
Mar. 19th, 2009 11:04 pm (UTC)
Thank you, but the photos they're showing are more newsworthy, if less elegant.
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