Not last night, but Monday night (actually early Tuesday morning) at 1:00 am the fire alarm went off in my apartment building. Our building has been having false alarms lately, so I got up and got dressed leisurely... not quickly by any means. I got my pet ferret into his carrier, though I expected the alarm to stop within a few minutes like it always did. But this time, it did not. I heard sirens approaching outside, and thought nothing of it... actually I acknowledged them but thought they were for somewhere else. I was wrong... I started hearing people leaving in the hallway, so I went looking for the cat and could not find her anywhere. She was so scared of the alarm she hid so well and would not come when I called so it was like she vanished. I looked in the hallway and smelled the smoke, and had to leave her. I went toward my usual exit and it was blocked by firefighters and hoses as they ran up the stairs so I had to double back by my apartment and use a different exit. I went back into the apartment because it hit me that this was actually happening and was real. I did one last go over of the apartment, and still could not find her. I had to leave.... I saw the flames as I left the building in the next section over!!! I was so distraught and upset my Mom came up to my place in the middle of the night and had to calm me down. My fur baby was still in a burning building and I left her there! I got the ferret out, but my cat Maya was still in there... I sat in my Moms car for a couple hours until I could find out more information. The fire was in the next section over and there are fire doors between my section and that one and I hope also fire wall. But anyway, the firefighters got the fire out very quickly! It was started by someone BBQing at 1:00 am on their balcony. Top floor, and the fire went into the attic / roof and started to spread quickly horizontally. They stopped it so only two apartments were fire damaged, along with their adjoining balconies, and the roof and attic over those two apartments. The water damage from fighting the fire however, has rendered the entire section of 42 apartments unliveable and everyone was given only 1.5 days to move everything out. I feel soooooo very lucky. My section was untouched, my apartment is ok (aside from mild smoke smell) and my cat Maya I found her. I was allowed back in at 4:30 am and found her under the blankets on my bed, scrunched up so small that it only looked like the blankets were puffed up a bit. She had been so still I had no idea. I looked under and behind every single piece of furniture I had but I had not thought to look under my blankets! I do not have to move... my whole section of the building is ok... Here is a news story, and the photo is actually mine. I gave it to the reporter. as he did not have access to this view. I took it from inside the building on my floor (5th) looking straight to the damaged balcony. The media had to take from the ground and it was impossible to see the detail of the damage. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-...tenants-out-of-apartment-for-months-1.2643027 Nobody was hurt in the fire... everyone got out. And only two apartments suffered fire damage. Pretty much everyone else (even the ones that have wet floors and sheetrock etc) their belongings are ok as well (but smell of smoke). Very fortunate we have such awesome firefighters here!