January 1, 2011
Seattle starts the new year with a cold, clear day. I don't recall too many New Year's Days with such a gorgeous beginning. Hopefully this bodes well for the rest of the year. We've been under a high pressure system bringing in cold, clear air, and sunny skies for several days now. Yesterday afternoon a fire broke out on the 24th floor of the Crown Plaza Hotel. The fire blew out the windows in the room and due to the very cold air outside, the room never got hot enough to set off the automatic fire sprinklers. It caused quite a lot of excitement, but the fire department had the fire out in short order. The damage was mostly limited to one room and no one was injured. Since I live in a high rise building the lesson was not lost on me: Although the building may be fire resistant, what's inside most likely is not.