What Was the Actual Frat House Fire Escape Plan?

In late August of 1976, a sophomore renting a room for the first time in the frat house asked me about the fire escape plan.

 

 

“We have a well-thought-out fire escape plan,” I said.

“Yeah? What would that be?”

“We have a fire alarm, and if it goes off walk expeditiously to the nearest window and jump out.”

Silence. Shock. Surprise. This guy hailed from a more organized place, like New Canaan or Nazi Germany.

“Jump out of a window? That’s the fire escape plan?”

“Dude, the house is only two stories and there are lots of windows. How freaking hard can it be?”

 

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Charles McCain

Charles McCain is a Washington DC based freelance journalist and novelist. He is the author of "An Honorable German," a World War Two naval epic. You can read more of his work on his website: http://charlesmccain.com/