I really like my apartment. The building itself is neat, the location’s fairly rad, it is full of cute dogs, and all of the neighbors I’ve met so far have been friendly. I can say this with confidence, because I regularly get to hang out with them every time the fire department shows up.
There’s one neighbor who is otherwise cool as far as I can tell (Ha! Pun!), but, from what I have gathered, ends up going out and forgetting their stove is on. They’re not in the age range I’d expect to have memory problems. (Though neither am I, so who knows?) I don’t know why it keeps happening, but it freaks the butts out of me every time it does. Especially at, like, 4 o’clock in the morning.
There are some older people who live here, so I always end up imagining one of them getting hurt in the middle of cooking and being unable to call for help. Or maybe my brain conjures up an electrical fire, and one of the friendly dogs who lives here being trapped inside as the place fills with smoke. Or maybe it’s just an accidental fire and nobody’s in immediate danger, but now I have to figure out how to evacuate two panicking cats while my heart feels like it’s going to explode.
Ignoring a continually beeping fire alarm isn’t really an option. I can’t keep coping with the fire department rolling in to bust doors down every time either. I don’t want to say anything to the office, because I don’t want to cause more trouble for this neighbor — they already have to deal with a smoky apartment, broken down door, and the embarrassment of everyone on the floor knowing they’re that person. I don’t know what to do.
Have you ever had a situation like this? What would you do?