A few doors away, there is a multi-unit apartment building. Yesterday, a fire started in the basement, quickly filling the building with thick smoke. Firefighters put out the blaze, but broke quite a few windows getting into units to make sure everyone was evacuated. It was a sad scene, with the visibly shaken residents watching from a sidewalk across the street, hugging each other, some of them crying.
The landlord pulls up in his Benz after the fire was extinguished and he surveys the damage from the outside of the building. He berates the firefighters: You make more damage den fire make damage... blah, blah, blah... I sixty-years-old. I never seen... blah, blah, blah... little fire... big mess, you make... blah, blah, blah...
Uh, sorry, we had to spray some water and break a few windows to put out that fire and save your building and the people who live in it. I don't know what that stuff about his age meant. How many of his buildings have burned before?
Alright, the landlord was upset and maybe he is a sweet and decent man under all other circumstances. But, I'll bet he's insured. Meantime, his tenants lost all their belonging to smoke damage and it isn't the kind of place where people are carrying property insurance. Lots of immigrants. They pay their landlord 900-1600 monthly to live in ratty apartments. They lost all their possessions and they're out on the street. It's a bad situation all the way around.
I don't hang around fires, but I've never heard of people berating firemen for the damage they caused to put out a fire and save lives. But, what do I know. Maybe landlords yell at firefighters all the time. Wait until he finds out that the city is going to make him do a lot more than mop the floors and replace some broken windows.