Last night I was on the balcony with a couple of friends when I heard a massive explosion. I immediately looked down the valley in the direction of the sound and the sky lit up orange. I immediately grabbed my camera and we jumped in the car and drove to where we saw the smoke and flames. The roads were all blocked off, so we climbed a few fences and went over a few fields and got to the location. It was the dechetterie and wood yard in Volleges that was alight. The explosions were coming from gas drums. It was earie to hear the drums explode and then hear the yelling of firemen or yard workers as they tried to take control of the blazing fire.
I was impressed at the speed the firemen got there. We had jumped in the car immediately when we heard the first explosion and the first set of firemen had already arrived from the 'Centre de Secours Incendie'. I got quite close to the action but not too close to be in danger of the explosions and the firemen rightly warned me about getting too close to the smoke. They were incredibly professional and I felt very aware that I didn't want to give them anything else to worry about so stayed a respectful distance although of course I wanted to get right in there!!
The incident happened around 11.30pm last night and when I woke this morning it looked like a cloudy / foggy day outside but it was actually smoke. Watching it flowing up the valley was quite impressive. I went back at 8.30am this morning. The roads were still closed and the same firemen were still hosing. There were a few flames still burning but they had it under control. The smoke was intoxicating. I chatted with a few firemen who were amazingly happy to chat and friendly after having already been working under physically enduring conditions for 9 hours straight. They are not sure what caused the blaze yet, but I'm sure we will know within no time. Thanks for being so kind to me this morning and even more, thanks for putting the fire out!