"'It was coming fast toward us. The flame. The fire.
They were literally blown outside by a flashover, the instant burn
of gasses and smoke, when the carbon that is smoke burns hotter
than one thousand degrees and the entire contents of a room erupt
in flame and no living thing survives. People, smoke, flames,
merchandise, everything, were blasted through the door into
the cool autumn night."
Trapped in a building engulfed by fire is a horror that hopefully
none of us will ever experience. I came close enough once --- a