Sample Descriptive Essay on Burning House
The first thing that you notice about a burning house is not that it is burning, but that it is burning with such intensity. James watched the house across the street as fire engulfed it from all sides. There was fire everywhere; the roof was on fire, the doors and windows were on fire, fire was even coming out of the house through various openings, looking like a fire-breathing dragon was inside the house, puffing away vicariously. The flames burned deep red and amber, almost livid purple as James saw various firefighters trying to put out the fire. Fortunately, there was no one inside as the whole family had been out for dinner. Nothing inside was likely to survive the fire, James thought as he saw some flames licking up in the air with the wind, trying to catch something else on fire, and finding nothing but air, disappearing into the windy night, like disappointed flutters.
It all began about an hour ago. James was in his room and he thought he smelled something burning. It smelled like a heated soldering iron or as if some wires and rubber was being burnt. The first thought that crossed James' mind was that it was his computer and that it had begun to fry. But then after a careful inspection ruled out that possibility, he started back at his homework. He could not really concentrate as the smell persists. He was convinced now that something was very wrong and went downstairs to inspect his kitchen. It was as he was going down the stairs that he noticed something out of the window. It looked like a fluttering red bird that had just flown by and as James try to catch another glimpse, his curiosity turned to horror as he realized that the house across the street was on fire. He ran downstairs and dialed 911, explaining what he had seen and pushed his way into his driveway.
The house in front of him had just started to smolder in the fire. The first thing that crossed his mind was what if there were people inside. He thought of going inside the house and looking for some people, but the extreme heat that was coming out the house thwarted him instantly. He could not go further than being a good hundred feet away from the house. It was excruciatingly hot and he almost felt his eyebrows burn. He was still very worried. Alex lived in that house and he had known him since they were kids. Not knowing what to do, James ran back in the house and called Alex on his cell phone. He watched through the kitchen window as a crash brought down the ceiling of the house, bringing the whole roof down with a loud crash. Alex picked up the phone as James saw a bellow of ash and smoke rise out of the house. It was mildly relieving to James to find out that Alex and his whole family had decided to go out for dinner and none of them were inside the house.
Soon, the firefighters arrived and looked at the full-blown inferno in front of them. The fire had gotten quite out of control now as the whole house was on fire. The firefighters evacuated the street and told everyone to go inside their houses. James had no choice but to retreat to his room where he could see, feel, and hear Alex's house burn down. In a few minutes, the house had been reduced to a pile of rubble, ashes, and smoldering wood and items. There was a very putrid smell that took over the whole neighborhood, like a bad barbeque party gone horribly wrong. The smell was so overpowering that it took James almost two weeks to get it out of his nose. The house had burnt down to nothing within a few hours, making James realize the futility of the human life and ventures. It takes man many years to build his dream house and it takes nature only a few minutes to completely destroy his dreams.
Valuable artefacts were consumed by the flames
The fire destroyed large sections of the town of Admont and nearly the whole of the Abbey structure together with the Abbey church. Valuable artefacts in the various collections held by the Abbey were also consumed by the flames although fortunately the library room and its books were saved. The structures of the ‘old building’ dating to the 17th century had to be completely demolished. The three large wings of the ‘new building’ were largely restored. But the reconstruction work was never fully completed.
Consequences of the fire
Entitled ‘FIRE AND FLAME’, the special exhibition of 2015 told the story of this unparalleled event and its far-reaching consequences for the Abbey. Two of these were the construction of the new Abbey church, the first major neo-Gothic religious structure in Austria, which was erected on the foundations of the old church, while over the years 1866 – 1906, Father Gabriel Strobl rebuilt the Natural History Museum collection following the loss of the original collection.
Overview of the exhibition
The combination of previously never before displayed exhibits provided the visitor with insight into the extent of the destruction, the complexity of the disruption and the challenges associated with reconstruction. The exhibition also dealed with the topic of firefighting then and now. Items on loan from local fire brigades and the add a real spark to what was on display. To be seen were also numerous views of the town and Abbey prior to and just after the fire, including stereoscopic images captured in 1860 (just five years before the fire), that throwed an entirely new light on the Abbey and town of Admont. Like a phoenix from the ashes, the Abbey rose again from the embers of this tragedy to a new life.
The contemporary art section considered the ‘Aspects of fire’ to be found in paintings, sculptures, prints and art photography of the in-house collection that has been growing since 1997. Fire as a phenomenon is remarkably diverse! There were artworks that depict fires, red-hot artworks and artworks that showed the traces of expose to fire. And there were artists who burn with the fire of creativity. Rather like the fervour of belief, the ardour of collecting had itself much in common with fire and flame while the enthusiasm for a cause or idea can also ignite things.
We hope that the exhibition gave fire the imagination of our visitors! A recently redesigned room in the Natural History Museum was also be opened to visitors from 2015; it housed an exhibition that was being staged in collaboration with Gesäuse National Park. You have been able to witness a ‘dialogue’ between a 19th century scientist in the person of the Admont Benedictine Father Gabriel Strobl and a modern researcher. Visitors discovered the world of Gesäuse National Park in the form of a spectacular sound installation and explored the multifaceted microcosm and macrocosm of the natural wonders of this region!