BREAKING: Next Door Building on Fire

By Amber Meyer, Reporter for Purely Dicta

On 12 July at 12:09 PM, An Jiang interrupted her Evidence and Proof class to say: “the building next door is on fire.”

The University’s Faculty of Business and Economics Building is pictured in the centre. Flames can be seen on top of one of the surrounding stores. The streets are largely empty, the sky dark from rain
Image description: the University’s Faculty of Business and Economics Building is pictured in the centre. Flames can be seen on top of one of the surrounding stores. The streets are largely empty, the sky dark from rain

A second-year student at the Melbourne Law School, Jiang is one of many in her winter intensive who then rushed to the window to watch the flames from the adjacent buildings. The fire seemed to have started in one of the stores surrounding the Faculty of Business and Economics Building, near the intersection of Barry Street and Pelham Street.

Another student watching the scene remarked, 

“Wow, that’s a fire fire.”

Firetrucks arrived at the scene at approximately 12:16 PM. The cause of the fire is unclear. The absence of ambulance is a hopeful indication that no one was seriously hurt.

No alarms sounded in the Law Building, and many students continued to study.

Amtesh Waraich, a student in the Projects and Environment Practicum subject, told Purely Dicta,

“This fire is not unlike the metaphorical fire our world is on.”

The implication here is that climate change is real. 

On being the person to alert her class of the danger, Jiang told Purely Dicta,

“Yeah, it was stressing me out a bit.”

Not much more to come except, perhaps, similar photos of the fire on everyone’s Instagram story.

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