Shopping Mall and Mother

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Fire is a good servant but a bad master. I could never forget the raging fire that destroyed the shopping mall which I often used to go. The scorching sun glared fiercely at my mother and me as we made our way back home from the market. Much to our surprise, a large crowd of people had gathered in front of the shopping mall which was just a stone’s throw from where I live. Everyone had their heads hung up, gasping in horror. Our curiosity piqued, mother and I averted our gaze, and saw that clouds of black smoke were billowing out from the third floor of the building. I stood dazed, in a state of shock and crossed my fingers, hoping that the fire would spread to the adjacent buildings. As a civic- minded citizen, mother fished out her mobile phone from her bag and dialled the police and the Civil Defence. Her voice quivered as she talked to the police holding tightly onto me with her cold-clammy hands. After mother had hung up the phone, she instructed me to remain where I was and then ran like the wind towards the fire alarm and press the button. Shortly after, the shopping mall was filled with ringing of the fire alarm and the screaming of people as they scurried out of the building. Mother quickly pulled me aside to avoid the human stampede. As the crowd milled outside, the mall, to watch the drama unfold, a loud explosion shattered the stunned silence of onlookers. Horror swept through everyone’s upon seeing a man emerging from the blazing complex which was billowing with smoke and flames. His body was darkened with smoke, parts of his skin melted to reveal raw skin, his arms and legs badly blistered. He seemed to be in a daze and a state of shock. Everyone stood by helplessly, frightened and flustered by the gruesome sight. Fortunately for him, two nurses who were among the crowd came to his aid. It was a scene of chaos as loud thumpings of feet could be heard as shop owners and their staff rushed here and there to save as much of their goods as possible. To...
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