I had a pretty nice evening. Met up with a couple of friends after a hard day at work, and headed out for a couple of drinks @ ODD bar, in the Northern Quarter. I'd then arranged to meet an ex-flatmate, just outside the Northern Quarter. He needed some Unix CLI help, so I was the man.
After sorting out his problems, I realised time had gotten on.. so we wished each other hasty goodbyes, then I headed out of the flat.. only to be greeted by a thick fog, with a light smell of smoke.
After working out that it wasn't his flat that was on fire (or his building), I told him I'd report back, and headed home. Once I had left the block, I could immediately tell the direction the fire was coming from, and as it was on my way home - I walked towards the fire.
It was at this building.
Realising it was a fairly big event, I phoned up @commanderspike, and he headed out, armed with a camera.
The smoke was high in the air, and lots of it too; massively surprising given that the building on fire looked like a shell. By the time I arrived (circa 0100), the firemen appeared to have it under control. We watched for a few minutes, and then noticed the fire re-take on the far corner from where we were standing. However, at that point a couple of appliances left the scene, as the situation was under control.
I told @commanderspike to tweet, which he duly did.. and I tweeted as soon as I got home. I got a response from @paul_fernley, journalist @ Key103 - and @commanderspike has a journo friend who is also running with the story.
It looks like the building company are in massive financial difficulties. Puts a bit of an angle on the story for any journalist wishing to cover it. Hopefully there'll be some coverage tomorrow.. though I've got such a busy day I hope there's not too much!
What does this say about 'citizen journalism' and twitter as a news feed? Discuss.
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