Fire at Xobni HQ

There was a fire at Xobni HQ yesterday.  It wasn’t in our apartment; it was in the apartment below us.  Our friend and colleague Bryan Kennedy (from and was working on his laptop at our kitchen table when he noticed that “something smells like burnt toast.”  We looked out the window and saw smoke billowing – yes billowing – from the apartment below us.  I ran downstairs and banged on the door.  No one answered.  I tried opening the door. It’s locked.  The smoke alarm was going off, but no one appeared to be home. I ran back upstairs to tell Adam, Bryan, and Julia that it was looking serious.  Julia called 911, Bryan pulled the fire alarm, and Adam started packing up our development computers and servers. Wow, now that is commitment to Xobni!

I grabbed a fire extinguisher, put on my shoes in preparation for kicking in the neighbor’s apartment door, and returned downstairs to bang on the door of the smoke-filled apartment.  This time someone answered, only to release a cloud of black smoke into the hallway.  “I fell asleep, you woke me up, and my beans are on fire.”  Our overworked neighbor, a student of Harvard Business School, had fallen asleep and was not woken by the smell of smoke or the ear piercing sound of the smoke detector!  We put out the fire and moved the charred and smoking amalgamation of beans, oil, and steel to the porch.  The Cambridge fire department arrived within minutes.  Good job guys.  They showed up with 3 tanker trucks, a paramedic, and 2 police units.  Woops, false alarm.

3 Responses to “Fire at Xobni HQ”

  1. 1 Bryan May 22, 2006 at 10:43 pm

    You know, in all the frenzy of grabbing my own servers and cameras, I could’ve sworn I saw Adam sitting at his computer finishing up some script. If that doesn’t spell dedication, I don’t know what does.

  2. 2 Chris Jackson May 23, 2006 at 1:36 am

    Wow … close call! Glad to know that you all are okay!

  3. 3 Chris Jackson May 23, 2006 at 1:39 am

    P.S. If you haven’t done so already, now may be a good time to look for an off-site backup storage location …


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