Friday, March 19, 2010
Friday Afternoon in Williamsburg: Building/Fire Engine Drama (or Comedy) on Conselyea Street
We were grading papers in our bedroom around 1 p.m. when we went to open the window to get some air on this warm and beautiful last day of winter and we noticed a firetruck immediately below.
And firefighters. And a space blocked off. Our first thought: a jumper. But then we realized they'd have a net ready. So we went outside and learned that it's a building issue. Our neighbor a few houses down has this aluminum coverage on the house. (We're brick.) Apparently, a big slate of it dropped down earlier today and another piece was hanging.
Our garbage pail was appropriated for the yellow tape barrier.
We guess it's a health hazard if that thing came down on someone's head.
When we went across the street to see, a firefighter said, "That's the stuff we have to work with. The truck conked out after two weeks."
Yeah, the firetruck was stuck.
We guess the cherry picker thing had pulled off the remaining part to make it safe before the truck broke down.
There were two firetrucks on either side of the central one. Police officers too. The two others started backing up.
We weren't sure what they were trying to do. Or if the truck had totally broken down.
The truck was stuck maybe till 2:15 p.m.
Finally it made it out just as we were leaving for Brooklyn College.