At about 4 o’clock on a February Wednesday afternoon, I heard a call of a fire at an apartment building on Shaw Street and started to head that way. A large portion of these calls turn out to be either false alarms or very minor in nature. I quickly realized after arriving on scene that this one was different. The firefighters with the St. John’s Regional fire department were setting up for the long haul and had called in reinforcements. I called our newsroom to let them know we would need extra staff to cover the developing story.